Singaporean man to be charged in court after breaching Stay-Home Notice: ICA

A 32 year-old male Singapore citizen will be charged in court on April 17 after he breached his Stay-Home Notice (SHN). 

Foo Ching Guan arrived in Singapore from Thailand on March 17 and was served with an SHN that was to last from march 17-31. However, on March 29, he left his residence at Kreta Ayer Road and took a private hire vehicle to meet a friend at Sengkang Central to settle some personal matters, said a statement by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), which is an offence under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020.

The Singapore government issued a 14-day SHN period for all returnees from ASEAN countries, with effect March 16, which was further extended to covering returnees from any country and subsequently raised to a 14-day self isolation at dedicated SHN facilities.

Guan is liable to a fine of up to SGD 10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both. 

Guan will be the third person to be charged with a breach of SHN. Last week, two Singaporean men were charged over allegedly breaching their stay-home notices in separate incidents. 

“ICA will not hesitate to take firm enforcement action against those who fail to comply with the SHN requirements. Besides prosecuting offenders under the Infectious Diseases Act and its Regulations, ICA may also cancel their immigration facilities, where applicable,” said the statement.