Getting tough with violators of emergency rules

Enforcement of directives under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration steps up a notch under a new executive order that the governor issued today.

It gives the Commissioenr of Publikc Safety, Director of Heath, Attorney General and other agency leaders enforcement of the declaration now in effect, subsequent declarations and all lawful orders of the Director of Health and other emergency management agencies.

A violation of a public healh directive in a declared public health emergency is a Class A misdemeanor. This carries a fine of up to $1,000 and or a jail term of up to one year. Each violation may be charged as a deparate offense.

The executive order cites that under the American Samoa Code Annotated congregating with other persons in a public place and refusing to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse constitutes a public peace disturbance.

That is a Class B misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $5000 and a jail sentence of up to six months. Each violation may be charged as a separate offense.

“The public is advised that compliance with these directives is mandatory. And full compliance is necessary to protect the health of our most vulnerable citizens,” states the executive order.

The Commissioenr of Public Safety is directed to ensure that the public complies with restrictions on public gatherings, business closure requirements, quarantine directives and other requirements. The Attorney General is directed to prosecute violation to the fullest extent of the law.

The executive order includes additional provisions related to price gouging and quarantine.

Businesses must continue to provide necessary supplies for the public.

Price gouging is prohibited. During an emergency businesses cannot raise their prices more than 10% on essential items such food, water, gas and building materials.

The public is encouraged to report incidents of price gouging to the Office of the Attorney General.

The Department of Health is authorized to quarantine and isolate individuals for 14 days without notice.


8 Comments

  1. A RESIDENT

    GET TOUGH WITH THE CANNERY, SHUT ‘EM DOWN…NO SPECIAL TREATMENT!! THEY’VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR HOW LONG, THEY’VE RECEIVED ENOUGH SUBSIDIES FROM OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SHOULD’VE HAD SOME SORTA $ RELIEF PACKAGE IN PLACE FOR THEIR WORKERS IN TIMES LIKE THESE, AT LEAST B FAIR……U’D THINK, HUH……WHERE ALL THE MONEY GO??? STOP PAMPERIN THEM, EVERYONE HAS TO SURVIVE AND RISE ABOVE THIS!!!!

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    1. Mandy

      Why shutting the cannery down? There ain’t such relief package to these private workers at the cannery. These workers depend on their weekly pay for expenses and it ain’t enough to support their families. So leave the SKS exempt alone mind your business and focus on trying to rally on closing the borders.

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      1. A.R.

        U’re subjecting ur precious families to a high risk as well as other innocent individuals, life 1st, money will follow. The cannery has to figure out a better way, nothing’s impossible if they make an honest effort and try, they have the means!

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      2. Guestty

        Selfish response, it’s the cannery that is responsible, it’s not the workers fault. Read the comment well and understand it!

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  2. jkl

    ”Congregating with other persons in public place” is counterintuitive. In other words, congregating with familiar persons in public place is not prohibited.

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  3. Oi sole

    So, no family gatherings of more than 10 people but yet you’re housing 50 people together in quarantine? Church services allowed? No more than 2 in a car? But the fish cannery can still pack their employees like sardines?

    Draconian behavior. While you’re on it, why don’t you only allow HAL to land with less than 10 passengers.

    History tells times like now is when Dictators shows their true rule.

    Your people will physically rise against you Lolo if you continue your blindness.

    You need to stop.

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  4. Tautala Upumoni

    Drugs coming in the territory is worse than Coronavirus Governor. Do something about it like what are you doing right now with the virus.
    You already know who’s bringing the drugs in. It will come out sooner or later. All those things happened at the airport and nothing mentioned on the news really. Sweep under the rug like always.

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