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In Georgia, citizens were "forgiven" fin...

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In Georgia, citizens were "forgiven" fines for violating quarantine for $ 25 million
08 September 2021

On September 7, the Parliament of Georgia adopted in the final third reading a package of bills providing for amnesty for those who received fines for violating quarantine restrictions.

We are talking about violation of self-isolation, quarantine, curfew and mask regime for a total amount of about 76 million lari - about 25 million dollars. The fine for violating the curfew was 2,000 lari (about $586) for individuals, 10,000 lari ($3,000) for legal entities, and 20 lari ($6) for not wearing a mask. The amnesty will free more than 245,000 citizens and 344 legal entities from liability.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili came up with the amnesty initiative. The idea was supported by both the ruling Georgian Dream and the opposition. It is not yet specified whether the amnesty will affect those who have already paid fines for violations.

This news has been updated after the projects were supported in Parliament. The previous version said that the package was expected to be approved.