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Sam Shalhoub 05 Jan 2021

Up To 6-Months Of Jail Time For Violating Lockdown Measures

The Minister of Interior Affairs in Lebanon’s caretaker government Mohammad Fehmy submitted notice of civil and criminal sanctions that will ensue for violating the upcoming lockdown.

Specifically and in addition to regular monetary civil fines that will be issued to those violating curfew, punitive fines could also be given out to people who are found guilty of spreading COVID-19 (if they are in public without masks). Criminal sanctions carry a charge of up to six months of jail time subject to the court’s discretion and a judge’s ruling.

The Lebanese government announced a total nationwide lockdown would be taking place between January 7th and February 1st in order to alleviate some of the pressures off the crumbling health sector.