(ReliableNews.org) – Most countries are imposing very strict stay-at-home orders to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Violators of the rules in some countries may face fines and even jail time. Romania is one of the nations with rigid orders, and it turns out they’re making millions from it.
Romania-insider.com, an independent English language news site, alleges the government made $85 million (USD) from 200,000 fines between March 24 and April 19.
https://t.co/VKDc83S76R In the period between March 24 and April 19, some 200,000 fines were issued, amounting to takings of $85 million. The amount was equal to the money collected in February from corporate #tax, according to https://t.co/d60RIjbnvk. #romania #foxnews
— Cristian Stef (@CristianStef1) April 22, 2020
In Romania, citizens can’t leave their homes without filling out a form explaining the reason for leaving. The military and police can stop them while they’re out and they have to present the form along with an ID. If a person breaks the rules, they face fines up to 20,000 Romanian lei (roughly $4,500).
The US government hasn’t imposed strict fines like that. Some states have, however. Maryland, for instance, threatened people with fines and jail time if they ignored restrictions. Currently, there’s outrage across the country after an Idaho mom was arrested for protesting at a closed playground.
It’s hard to imagine Americans would ever let their government profit from the virus as Romania has, though.
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