Violation fines issued against a Church, businesses and members of the public

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To date, 33 violation fines have been issued by the Ministry of Police and Prisons against a church, businesses, and members of the public, for not abiding by the State of Emergency Orders legalised under the Constitution as per endorsement by the Head of State, his Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II.

This was confirmed by Deputy Police Commissioner, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo in an interview on Talofa FM with host Fonoma’aitu Vani Tufuga this morning.

A church located in the Western District conducted a service and was reported to the Police and in turn, a fine of was issued. 

Regarding businesses Auapa’au said stores were selling alcohol to members of the public, however, this is prohibited under the State of Emergency Orders. In addition, members of the public were found roaming the streets.

Auapa’au said initially the Police were giving out verbal warnings, but it’s apparent it fell on dead ears, hence the move to issue fines right away. Adding the Police are not giving any more verbal warnings.

“The confirmed community cases of COVID-19 continues to increase on the daily basis and so this means and the enforcement has to be more strict.”

He urged the public to abide by the measures put in place by the Government to minimise the spread of COVID cases but it’s evident some members of the Public continue to downplay the impact of the virus.

Fines stipulated under the SOE is printed verbatim below.

18. PENALTIES:

(1) A person commits an offence where the person does not comply with any of the above orders except for order 1, attracting the following penalties:

(a) a fine of:

(i) for an individual, a fine of $200 for a first offence, and a fine of

$500 for a continuous offence; or

(ii) for an organization or corporation or similar such legal entity, a

fine of $5,000 for a first offence, and a fine of $7,000 for a

continuous offence; or

(b) detainment by the Police not exceeding 3 months; or

(c) both detainment and fines prescribed under paragraph (a).

(2) A person commits an offence where the person does not comply with

order 1 attracting the following penalties:

(a) for an individual, a fine of $2000;

(b) for an organization or company, a fine of $15,000 for a first offence, and a fine of $20,000 for a continuous offence.