"A mask fine is 15 percent of an average salary"
Last month, the Georgian government decided to abolish fines imposed on the population for violating quarantine rules. The total amount of fines was 76 million GEL (about 24 million USD). The decision to abolish the fines will affect more than 245,000 Georgians and 344 legal entities.
In Azerbaijan, invididuals are fined 200 to 400 AZN and officials 3,000 to 4,000 AZN for violations related to coronavirus regulations.
In some cases, persons can even be put in administrative detention for up to one month.
Compared to 2019, the number of misdemeanors has risen by almost 17 percent.
Economist Farid Mehralizadeh believes that it is important to consider the average salary of people when evaluating the fines a government imposes due to coronavirus infractions. A mask fine approximates to about 15 percent of an average salary
According to the economist, the government could waive the fines without creating any problems for the economy.
Meydan TV asked the Labor and Social Policy Committee of the Milli Majlis, Azerbaijani's parliament, if there was a plan to waive fines. The committee said the fines for the coronavirus were justified, and everyone should try to follow these rules and be responsible for protecting the health of each other and the people.
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