Violate COVID quarantine go to jail, get fined, or both

Traveling during the pandemic is problematic, regardless of destination. Travelers are strongly encouraged to take on board the COVID rules of the road for traveling to a given locale.

New York City

For example, New York City is fining those travelers from the UK who break the required 14-day quarantine $1,000 per day.


Hawaii, has fined and jailed travelers who have broken their quarantine rules. Most recently a San Francisco couple tested positive for COVID prior to heading to Hawaii, yet traveled to Lihue, Hawaii. Upon arrival, they were arrested and jailed. The couple Wailua residents, were returning home with their 4-year old child.

Cayman Islands

And most recently, the Cayman Islands percolated to the forefront when the British Territory jailed two U.S. citizens for brazenly violating their quarantine regulations. Originally sentenced to 40 hours of community service and a fine of $2600 (cost of staying at a government approved quarantine facility for two weeks) saw their sentenced adjusted to four months in a local jail following an appeal by The Crown (UK). The pair was fortunate to have their sentence reduced to two-months and yet they whine.

This story is worth telling, as the level of “disappointment” being voiced at the perceived failure by the U.S. Department of State for not stepping in and interceding (that’s not what they do when you break a local law – they observe, engage and ensure you are treated no worse than a citizen of that country) is loud.

In this instance, 11alive (GA television) tells us what 19-year old Skylar Mack (Georgia) and her 24-year old boyfriend Vanjae Ramgeet (Cayman Islands) did to earn their time in the local jail.

Guidelines set by the British Territory required the teenager to quarantine for 14 days when she arrived. Officials said that after only two days, Mack took off a monitoring bracelet that electronically tracks anyone arriving in the territory. According to their attorney, Jonathon Hughes, Ramgeet picked her up and took her to go watch him compete in a jet-ski competition.

Officials said Mack was not wearing a mask and came into contact with dozens of people.


It’s not like Ms. Mack, a pre-med student at Mercer University isn’t aware that a pandemic is in play – her desire for fun in the sun was more important and the Cayman Islands wasn’t having any of it.

Traveling? Know the COVID rules in play at your destination.

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