Reports from California has it that seven young men who were assumed to be friends have been fined $7000 (seven thousand dollars) for violating the sit at home order as palliative to fighting the corona virus pandemic.
The seven friends (names withheld) drove 50 miles to drink together. After being caught the Police in Santa Cruz, California fined them $7,000 for violated the city’s shelter-in-place rules.
They “came from Fremont to get some ‘essential’ drinks,” Police Chief Andrew Mills tweeted. “If you are not from Santa Cruz and you put our community at risk, you will get a ticket. #shelterinyourowntown.” His post included a photo of the seven men sitting on the curb with police officers nearby. Fremont is about 50 miles from Santa Cruz.
“7 x $1000 = One Expensive Hang Out,” Santa Cruz Police said in a quote-tweet. “Everyone should know by now that this is not the time to meetup and party. Officers cited seven $1000 tickets for ShelterInPlace Violations to help these guys remember their time in Santa Cruz.”
However, the Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department’s website says people should only leave their residences for “essential activities,” which do not include “hosting or attending gatherings.”
California has reported more than 22,000 cases of coronavirus and more than 630 deaths as of Sunday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.