Punishments for Croatian Coronavirus Patients Breaking Isolation Rules

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of March, 2020, the Civil Protection County Headquarters held a press conference at which the chief of staff, Dino Kozlevac, reiterated measures and penalties for Croatian coronavirus patients and suspects who violate the rules of self-isolation that are now firmly in place.

Kozlevac pointed out that citizens call the headquarters on a daily basis, asking them what they should do. He added that closing schools and limiting the business hours of cafes was one of the highest quality measures they have taken as yet, with full border controls in place, N1 reports.

“The border is empty, just as it was yesterday,” Kozlevac said.

“We’re entering a phase where we have to implement measures without compromise. The system is already being pushed to its limits and we expect all the citizens of Istria to adhere to all measures and instructions and to keep their conscience and responsibility at a high level,” Kozlevac said.

“We have over 1000 people who are meant to be in self-isolation. We’ve had reports that some people aren’t complying and are moving around as normal. I’d like to urge these people to go and be in the place they need to be in. We strongly urge them to respect this measure, as they have no right to endanger themselves or their families, nor do they have the right to endanger their neighbours and other citizens. Have citizens report if they’re aware of such cases. Repression begins today. There is a repressive measure, an epidemic has been declared, so some legal regulations are derogating and introducing the possibility of enacting measures to protect the population from becoming unwell,” Kozlevic said.

“The fines are monetary and I don’t think it’s worth it to anyone to have to pay them. The control will ask them if they’re at home, and whoever isn’t at home will receive a punishment,” he added, referencing Croatian coronavirus patients and suspects who have been ordered to stay within their four walls.

He also appealed to parents of teenagers, who stayed home because schools were closed.

“It’s true that hospitality facilities are staying open until 18:00, but parents need to control where their children go and not allow them to go to malls or to gather in groups elsewhere. The malls which don’t respect the measure of the communal security guard will be closed,” Kozlevac said.

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