As of 10 November, communal police will be allowed to fine citizens for not wearing masks

In a few days, communal police and municipal inspectors will be able fine citizens on the spot (5,000 dinars) for not wearing masks where and when required and not keeping physical distance outdoors or indoors, writes Blic.

The amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Population from Infectious Diseases, which will be presented Thursday to the new government, will greatly enhance the work of the health inspectors, who were, so far, the only ones authorized to implement the anti-epidemiological measures decided by the government’s Crisis Unit.

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Communal police or municipal inspectors can also fine, for instance, a restaurant owner with between 50,000 to 500,000 dinars for not having enough space between the tables in the restaurant or taking in more guests than allowed.

Anyone who receives a fine for not wearing a mask indoors has the option of paying it immediately or within eight days at half the cost of 2,500 dinars or submitting a request for a court to decide.

If a person does not pay the fine within the eight days or do not file a court request, the fine will be deducted from the person’s salary or their bank account will be frozen until the penalty is paid. The person can also be ordered to do community service (eight hours of community service equals 1,000 dinars of the fine) or go to prison (one day in prison equals 1,000 dinars of the fine).

The amendments to this law should be adopted by the parliament on November 10, which means that they could be applied already next week throughout Serbia.

(Novi Magazin, 03.11.2020)



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