MOI KSA amends the Penalties for COVID-19 Protocol Violations

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Sa kanilang twitter account ngayong araw, inanunsiyo ng Ministry of Interior ng Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ang kanilang pag-amyenda sa Table of Penalties for COVID-19 Protocol Violations.

Nasa baba ang ating English Translation sa Arabic Announcement ng MOI

The Ministry of Interior amends the table for the classification of penalties for violations of the precautionary measures and preventive measures (protocols)

An official source at the Ministry of Interior stated that it is a continuation of what was previously announced on the fourteenth of Ramadan 1441 AH, regarding the adoption of the regulation to limit gatherings that contribute to the spread and transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what was announced on the seventh of Shawwal 1441 AH regarding the amendment of the regulation and the classification table of violations. The table of classification of penalties for violations of the precautionary measures and preventive measures (protocols) taken by the concerned authorities to confront the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the prescribed penalties have been amended to include additional violations of the previously announced, according to the following:

A – Gatherings:

The person responsible for the assembly and the owner of the facility shall be punished as follows:

1. (10,000) riyals, for the family gathering inside homes, rest houses, farms, and the like, beyond the numbers specified by the jurisdiction in a single or specific space, and they have no one residential relationship.

2. (15,000) riyals, non-family gathering inside homes, rest houses, farms, camps, chalets, or open areas for the people of one neighborhood, and the like, beyond the numbers specified in one or specific space.

3. (40,000) riyals for gatherings for social purposes such as funerals, parties and the like, exceeding the numbers specified by the competent authority.

4. (50,000) riyals, that is, a grouping of workers in homes, buildings under construction, rest houses, farms, and the like, other than their homes, consisting of (5) people or more in one specific space, and they are not bound by one residential relationship.

B – Establishments:

Violating the failure of private sector establishments to adhere to precautionary measures and preventive measures (protocols), (violations like the establishment invites people and setting up gatherings, failure to verify the health status of individuals through the applications designated for this, and to allow the entry of confirmed cases by the facilities, and the establishment does not adhere to the approved protocols by not conducting the required checks for its workers, introducing those who are not committed to wearing a medical or cloth mask or what covers the nose and mouth, securing disinfectants and sterilizers in the places designated for them, measuring temperatures for employees and customers at the entrances to malls and commercial centers, disinfecting carts and shopping baskets after each use, disinfecting facilities and surfaces, close children’s playgrounds and places for measuring clothes and the like), in accordance with the cases stipulated in those procedures and preventive measures (protocols) by the competent authority.

1. The penalty for the establishment and the person responsible for it shall be according to its size and number of its employees, according to the following:

– The very small establishment and the number of its employees ranging from (1-5) shall be punished by (10,000) riyals, with the facility being closed for a period of 5 days.

– The small establishment and the number of its employees from (6 – 49) shall be punished by (20,000) riyals, with the establishment being closed for a period of 5 days.

– The average establishment and the number of its employees from (50 – 249) is punished by (50,000) riyals, with the establishment being closed for a period of 5 days.

– The large establishment and the number of its employees (250 or more) shall be punished with (100,000) riyals, with the establishment being closed for a period of 5 days.

2. The penalty imposed on the previous time is doubled, upon repetition, and amounts to (200,000) riyals, and the closure does not exceed six months.

3. The person in charge of the establishment branch shall be punished with a financial fine according to what is specified according to the size of his establishment. The penalty imposed on the previous time is doubled, upon repetition, up to the maximum amount of (100,000) riyals.

4. Upon repetition for the second time, the person in charge of the facility branch shall be referred to the Public Prosecution to consider his imprisonment in accordance with the followed legal procedures.

5. Restaurants, cafes and the like are excluded from the closing periods specified above, and according to the following: 24 hours for the first time, 48 hours for the second time, a week for the third time, two weeks for the fourth time, and a month for the fifth time or more.

C – Individuals:

And the individual violations according to the following:

1. (1000) riyals, and the penalty imposed on the previous time is doubled upon repetition and up to the maximum amount of (100,000) riyals for anyone who violates the precautionary measures and preventive measures (protocols) by (violations like not using a medical or cloth mask or covering the nose and mouth, not adhering to social distancing distances. Refusal to measure the temperature upon entering the premises of the public or private sectors, failure to adhere to the approved procedures when the temperature rises above 38 degrees Celsius, refusal to provide evidence of health status through the applications designated for this [in the cases stipulated in those procedures and preventive measures] Protocols).

2. (1000) riyals for anyone coming to perform the prayers on the Haram without obtaining a permit.

3. Any person who attends the gatherings and is in violation to in Paragraph (1-4) of Clause (A) and Clause (B) – (5,000) riyals.

Upon repetition, the penalty inflicted on the previous time is doubled and up to the maximum amount of (100,000) riyals, in addition to referring him to the Public Prosecution upon repetition for the second time to consider his imprisonment in accordance with the following statutory procedures.

4. (10,000) riyals calling for any of the gatherings referred to in Paragraph (1-4) of Clause (A) and Clause (B) or causing them, and upon repetition, the penalty inflicted on the previous time is doubled and up to the maximum amount of (100,000) riyals, in addition To refer him to the Public Prosecution, upon repetition, for the second time, to consider his imprisonment in accordance with the followed statutory procedures.

The source indicated that the sanctions aim at imposing social distancing and organizing human gatherings that are a direct cause of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in a manner that ensures preventing the spread of the virus, losing control and containing it, stressing the importance of all individuals and entities adhering to the approved instructions related to health safety requirements. And the rules of social distancing and the prohibition of gatherings in all their forms and forms and places of occurrence.

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