Singapore threatens 6 months in jail for breaking social distancing laws

The new social distancing laws came into effect Friday.

(CNN)Singapore has introduced new laws governing social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak that could see offenders serve six months in jail.

Those who do not keep at least one meter (3.2 feet) apart, or who meet in groups of more than 10 people outside of work or school, could face a fine of up to 10,000 Singapore dollars ($7,000) and/or up to six months' imprisonment, according to a Ministry of Health statement posted Thursday.
The new measures come into effect Friday and also include the same penalties for those who fail to stay in their accommodation if given a "Stay-Home Notice."
    Such notices have been issued to certain inbound travelers as well as people with respiratory conditions flagged by medical practitioners.
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