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SR1 million fine (Dhs978,000), 5-year jail-time await violators of COVID-19 rules in Saudi

Saudi Arabia has released a new list of punishments against violators of the preventive measures against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including a maximum fine of SR1 million (Dhs978,000) and a five-year-imprisonment for fake news and violation purveyors.
In a report by Saudi Press Agency, the punishment applies to both citizens and residents, and that they have been made stricter to ensure the safety of everyone amid the pandemic.
The report added that a fine ranging between SR1,000 and SR100, or a jail-time ranging between one month to one year, will be imposed on violators of the preventive measures against COVID-19. Companies may be closed down for a maximum of six months. Repeat offenders, meanwhile, will face doubled penalty.
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Those who misuse their movement permit will face a fine ranging between SR10,000 and SR100,000 or imprisonment of one month.
In addition, the report added that quarantine violators will be slapped with a maximum fine of
SR200,000 or a maximum two-year jail term. Repeat offenders will face doubled penalty.
Meanwhile, a maximum fine of SR500,000 or maximum imprisonment of five years or both await those who intentionally transmit the disease to others. Repeat offenders will also face doubled penalty.
Saudi Gazette reported that those who facilitate individuals whose nature of work do not necessitate a movement permit will be given a fine ranging between SR10,000 and SR100,000 or jail term from one month to one year, or of both. Repeat offenders will also face doubled penalty.
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The Kingdom’s Ministry of Interior, Saudi Gazette reported, also stated that expats who commit any of the violations will be deported and will be banned from the Kingdom forever.

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