3 People Charged For Breaching Stay-Home Notice (SHN) In Singapore
It’s understandable that people want to go eat their favourite bak kut teh or run a few errands once they return from overseas, but it’s just not allowed if you’ve been served a Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
Unfortunately, some people may still feel that they’re above the law.
On Monday (20 Apr), the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced that 3 offenders will be charged for breaching their SHNs.
The trio, comprising 2 Singaporeans and a foreigner, each face a fine of up to $10,000, a jail term of up to 6 months, or both.
Singaporean left home on 3 occasions during SHN
Mr Chong, the first Singaporean, left his home on multiple occasions during his SHN period.
He reportedly returned to Singapore from Indonesia on 17 Mar and was issued a 14-day SHN from 17-31 Mar. He breached it on 3 separate occasions.
On 24 Mar, he allegedly left his Bukit Batok home for around 1.5 hours and took a bus to Jurong East to buy food.
He headed out 4 days later on 28 Mar to check his mail and visited a kopitiam in his neighbourhood on 29 Mar.
Singaporean did not respond to ICA’s calls
Ms Su’Aidah, the 2nd offender, returned to Singapore from Australia on 25 Mar and was served an SHN from 25 Mar-8 Apr.
On 30 Mar, she left her Woodlands residence and apparently walked to Vista Point to buy groceries for 15-20 minutes. She did not respond to ICA’s calls during the period.
American pilot took MRT while on SHN
The third offender, Mr Yeargan, arrived in Singapore from Australia on 3 Apr. He was served an SHN from 3-17 Apr.
The American commercial pilot stayed at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, but left the hotel on 5 Apr.
He allegedly took the MRT to City Hall and walked to Chinatown Point from there.
Apparently, he was purchasing personal items and spent around 3 hours outside.
3 offenders face $10,000 fine, 6 months jail, or both for breaching SHN
The 3 offenders will be charged in court tomorrow (21 Apr) for intentionally breaching their SHNs.
They face a fine of up to $10,000, a 6-month jail term, or both.
Stay at home during ‘Circuit Breaker’ and SHN
Getting fined $10,000 or going to jail for 6 months certainly isn’t worth checking your letterbox for during your SHN.
Please stay at home if you’re supposed to. Delivery services are always available to bring necessities to you and you can always ask someone else to collect your mail.
Be it wearing a mask or observing safe distancing, let’s all do our part to help contain the outbreak so we can get through the ‘Circuit Breaker’ as effectively and quickly as possible.
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