Police to Enforce Coronavirus Measures – No Mask? Big Fines

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 29th of November, 2020, wearing a face mask as an anti-epidemic measure will no longer be left up to a question of individual conscience and good will. Although mask wearing was initially only a recommendation in Croatia’s coronavirus measures, and later for some time an obligation, individuals who didn’t comply with the decisions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters could actually only be given a verbal warning because there is no sanction. That will no longer be the case.

As part of a package of more restrictive coronavirus measures, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic announced the introduction of harsh penalties for such violators, but in order to determine the issuing of such fines and then collect them all within the scope of the law, it is necessary to amend the Law on the Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases.

In order to create a legal framework as soon as possible, a commission met as early as Friday, and a draft of those changes in the name of the latest coronavirus measures should be ready on Monday. According to Jutarnji list, they are working on the document being ready for the next session of the Croatian Government which will be held on Thursday, and after that it will go to the Parliament for an urgent vote.

The financial amounts these fines will reach has yet to be determined and agreed upon, but it should be in line with those being issued in other European countries in accordance with their respective coronavirus measures.

”The fine should be in accordance with our standard, but still, it will certainly not be small because then it wouldn’t make sense and the goal wouldn’t be achieved, and that goal is primarily reducing the number of coronavirus patients with one of the most important measures, and that’s wearing a mask properly,” says one committee member. Otherwise, fines for violating measures in Europe range from 250 to 1,000 euros.

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