Fines for violation of sanitary hygiene and quarantine rules increases
Society30 June 2020, 16:45 213
The goal is to dissuade some people from being irresponsible and risking their own lives and the lives of others
Azerbaijani Parliament has adopted amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences providing for a doubling of fines for failure to use medical masks in public places.
According to the amendments passed the parliament’s plenary session, individuals will be fined AZN 100 ($58.8) for not using masks in public places while the fines for officials and legal entities will be increased to AZN 200 ($118) and AZN 400 ($235) respectively.
For repeated violations, individuals will be fined AZN 200 ($117.6), officials – AZN 400 ($235.3), legal entities – AZN 800 ($470.6).
The issue of violation of the rules on the use of protective equipment has been under discussion for several days. In his speech at the opening of a modular hospital in Ganja, President Ilham Aliyev also touched upon this issue, saying that citizens are indifferent to the rules and this increases the number of infections. Later, this topic was discussed in a video conference chaired by Prime Minister Ali Asadov on the latest situation in the fight against the pandemic in Azerbaijan. It was noted that the number of cases of COVID-19 has increased in our country since mid-June, which is of serious concern to the government. As a result, the fines were increased at yesterday's meeting of the Parliament.
MP Kamaladdin Gafarov said that indifference to one's own life and the lives of others is the biggest crime in a pandemic. "It is not a question of our citizens paying a lot of fines. Our state does not need it at all. We are talking about increasing the social responsibility of some citizens by increasing fines. Several foreign countries impose severe fines in this area. For example, in neighboring Turkey, the amount of fines for violating the quarantine regime, including not wearing a mask, varies between 370-3000 lira. In Germany, a fine of 150 to 25,000 euros is imposed for not wearing a mask and gathering in large groups during the quarantine. Fines for similar violations in Russia range from 15,000 to 500,000 rubles, and in Georgia from 2,000 to 10,000 lari,” Gafarov said.
The MP stressed that the head of state rightly said during his speech in Ganja that if he uses a mask as President, why can’t a citizen?! "The President again called on everyone. The requirements of the strict quarantine regime must be met, protective medical masks must be used, and social distance must be maintained,” he added.
Gafarov said that today is the time to show national solidarity and civic responsibility for the future of our country and people. "We emphasize once again that the purpose of increasing the fines is not to allocate money to the budget - our country does not need it at all – it is just to prevent some people from irresponsibility, risking their lives and the lives of others. For those who think pragmatically and follow the rules, these sanctions will not be a problem at all,” he added.
MP Ramil Hasan noted that the significant increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Azerbaijan in recent days has made it necessary to increase the fines. "Because many citizens are indifferent to this threat. Where it is necessary to use a medical mask, people do not use it properly. They wear a medical mask when entering the subway, but after they enter, they take it out and put it in their pockets. Such cases are not pleasant. It is vital to follow the rules to protect the safety and health of ourselves, our loved ones, and our society as a whole. We must all follow these rules to get rid of the coronavirus and return to a normal life. But it seems that lower fines have reduced people's social responsibility. With the increase in fines, people will be forced to wear medical masks and follow the rules. A certain increase in fines in Azerbaijan, of course, can give a new impetus to our citizens to comply with the rules of the quarantine regime. In many countries around the world, fines are many times higher than in Azerbaijan. Of course, the increase in the fines is not intended to punish the citizen, on the contrary, it serves to increase his social responsibility and discipline. Similar rules have been applied in other countries, including our neighbors Turkey, Russia, and Georgia, and have yielded positive results,” he said.
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