by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — An American citizen was Wednesday, December 30, found guilty of breaching quarantine in St. Kitts, and was fined EC$4,800 forthwith or six months imprisonment.
WINN made contact with Cromwell Henry, Superintendent of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, who provided more details on the matter. Superintendent Henry said the American citizen has since paid the $4,800 and is set to leave the federation today, after testing negative for COVID-19.
On December 26, 2020, the American citizen whose name is said to be George McCumiskey, broke out of a quarantine site and attempted to board a flight to the USA from the RLB International Airport.
Police responded to a report that the man who was booked at one of the hotels accredited as a quarantine site, had left the premises and was headed for the airport.
“The police intercepted that person at the airport and that person is currently back in quarantine,” Police Superintendent Cromwell Henry told WINN on Sunday, December 27.
It is an offense to break quarantine and penalties include fines of up to EC$10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, Mr. Henry told WINN.
Officials continue to appeal for compliance with COVID-19 protocols, warning that the pandemic was wreaking havoc in countries that had earlier contained the spread of the virus.