“As part of the implementation of the directives of the President of the Republic, Premier Abdelaziz Djerad instructed Walis to strictly implement the measures of prevention against the new coronavirus (Covid-19),” said the source.
“After the end of the first period of home confinement imposed on citizen, we have noticed some infringements and the closure of several authorized businesses, notably those tasked with supplying citizens with food products,” said the communiqué.
In order to ensure compliance with the measures to protect citizens and supply them regularly, public authorities “urge the application of law by implementing the sanctions provided for this purpose."
As for compliance with the measure of home confinement, “except the specific cases provided for in the decree in force that authorize traffic, with or without authorization, citizens must stay at home,” said the PM’s communiqué.
According to the same source, “non compliance with the home confinement measure leads to penal sanctions provided by law, that is, fines ranging from DZD3,000 to DZ6,000 against refractory persons who also incur a prison sentence of three (03 days) at the most.”
As part of administrative penalties, Walis must implement the measure of impoundment of motor vehicles or motorcycles used by individuals who contravene home confinement rules.
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As for the obligation of maintaining some authorized businesses, “the businesses concerned by supply must be kept active by reorganizing the opening and closing hours.”
For this purpose, “local authorities must provide them with the necessary conditions, notably traffic authorizations for traders and their employees, and by keeping in operation wholesale businesses and the production units that supply them.”
“In the event that traders refuse to open their shops and if the closure is due to a lack of supply in neighbourhoods, villages and dwellings, Walis must requisition these shops after assessment of their situations within provincial commissions,” said the source.
“The refusal to comply with individual regulatory requisitions leads to the penal sanctions provided by law, namely a fine worth DZD1,000 to DZD10,000 and a prison term of two (2) to six (6) ) months, or only one of these two sentences .”