Over 360 stay-home notice breaches, 130 quarantine order violations so far: MHA

SINGAPORE (CNA) – There have been 367 breaches of stay-home notices and 130 quarantine order breaches as of January 25, said Minister of State for the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim yesterday.

Some 308,442 stay-home notices and 268,385 quarantine orders have been issued as of January 25, he added, in response to a parliamentary question from MP Louis Chua (WP-Sengkang).

Those who breach their stay-home notices or quarantine orders may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act and be liable to a fine of up to SGD10,000, jailed up to six months or both, said Dr Faishal.

Government agencies may also take “administrative actions” against those who violate stay-home notices or quarantine orders, said the Minister of State.

The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) in November 2020 revoked the work passes of four people who breached their stay-home notice requirements. Additionally, a Singapore permanent resident lost his permanent resident status and was barred from re-entering Singapore after he breached his stay-home notice, Dr Faishal said in Parliament.

The Government adopted a range of technological solutions to monitor individuals on stay-home notice and quarantine order, said Dr Faishal.

“Since August 2020, individuals who serve stay-home notice (SHN) at their place of residence are required to don an electronic monitoring device,” said Dr Faishal.

“These devices are issued to the travellers after immigration clearance and will need to be activated once they reach their place of residence,” he said, adding that the devices use GPS and 4G or Bluetooth signals to determine if people on stay-home notice are within range of their place of residence.

“During the 14 days, persons wearing these devices may receive notifications on their devices and need to acknowledge them in a timely manner.”

Authorities will be alerted if there is any attempt to leave their place of residence or if they tamper with the electronic device. Officials will then investigate the situation and take further enforcement actions if necessary, Dr Faishal added.

Similarly, those under quarantine will also need to wear electronic monitoring devices to ensure that they do not breach their quarantine orders, he said.

“Electronic monitoring devices are compulsory for all individuals who are on SHN or quarantine order (QO),” said Dr Faishal.