A 35-year-old female Singapore Citizen, Rameswari Devi D/O Jairaj Singh, will be charged on 10 June 2020 under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020 after breaching her Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements.
Wilful Breach of the SHN Requirements
2. The Government had announced that with effect from 9 April 2020, 2359hrs, all residents, LTP holders and short-term visitors entering Singapore are required to serve their 14-day SHN at dedicated facilities.
3. Rameswari arrived in Singapore from Johor Bahru, Malaysia, on 30 April 2020 and was served with an SHN for the period from 30 April to 14 May 2020. After immigration clearance, she was brought to a hotel in Novena, which is a dedicated facility, to serve her 14-day SHN. However, she left the hotel on 4 May 2020 and only returned to the hotel on 12 May 2020. In the period that she had left the hotel, she visited the following locations in Singapore:
- Toa Payoh
- Block 63A Lengkok Bahru
- Tiong Bahru
4. ICA has investigated Rameswari’s wilful breach of SHN requirements. She will be charged in court on 10 June 2020. A person convicted of an offence under the Infectious Diseases Act and its Regulations is liable to a fine of up to $10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both.
Importance of Complying with SHN Requirements
5. ICA will not hesitate to take firm enforcement action against those who fail to comply with SHN requirements. ICA also reminds all travellers arriving in Singapore to ensure that they submit complete and accurate health and travel declarations via the SG Arrival Card. Anyone who makes a false or misleading declaration will be liable to prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. The penalty for providing false or misleading information is a fine of up to S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months. For subsequent offence(s), the penalty is a fine of up to S$20,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months. For foreigners, ICA may also take further administrative actions, such as revoking, or shortening the validity of permits and passes to remain in Singapore.
6. Members of the public can report information about anyone who fails to comply with SHN requirements to ICA at go.gov.sg/reportshnbreach or 6812 5555. All residents, LTP holders and short-term visitors who require assistance such as updating their contact number or address where they are to serve their SHN, may call the SHN helpline at 6812 5555, and will not need to make a physical visit to the ICA Building.
IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY
10 JUNE 2020