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Mom Says “He Had No Business Going There” After Son Arrested For Breaking Hawaii’s Quarantine
The mother of a Bronx man, who was arrested and put in jail in Hawai’i for not obeying the state’s mandatory quarantine, does not have sympathy for her son.
“He had no business going there,” Marcia Peters told the NY Post regarding her son, Tarique Peters. “The rules are all over. I told him not to travel. I told him not to go. I told him to cancel all his vacation [plans] because he knows what’s going on in America and all over.”
Peters, who landed in Honolulu was caught after posting pictures of himself on social media enjoying the beach. His actions are what prompted locals to call authorities.
Peters was arrested by the Hawaii attorney general’s office and charged with violating the state’s strict rules that tourists observe a 14-day quarantine after arriving.
He is currently being held on $4,000 bail and his mother stated that he may have to sit in jail for a while.
“Where am I going to get $4,000 from? I don’t know that he has $4,000. He ain’t rich like that,” she stated.
Meanwhile, a woman who claims to be Tarique’s sister said she is upset with how Hawaii authorities have handled his arrest.
“Why put his information all over the internet where people are putting all sorts of threats next to his pictures,” the sister, who asked to not be identified told the NY Post. “Something like that could lead to suicide.”
She said the family had been unable to talk to Peters since his arrest.
Hawaii’s Strict Quarantine Rules
Peters isn’t the only tourist who has been arrested for violating the rules. Recently, a Californian couple was arrested for ignoring warnings to stay inside of their hotel.
In another case, a Florida man and Illinois woman were arrested in Honolulu after the hotel staff saw the couple returning to their hotel room with takeout food and shopping bags.
Hawaii’s governor announced back in March that visitors and residents returning to the state would have to self-isolate for 14 days.
“With the majority of Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” governor David Y. Ige said in a statement announcing the new restrictions. “This plan was developed in collaboration with our county mayors and Hawaii’s business, community, and visitor industry leaders.”
All visitors and residents arriving through Hawaii’s airports will be required to complete a form with the state’s department of agriculture that will be distributed on their flight.
The governor added that failure to follow Hawaii’s order is a misdemeanor and punishable by a maximum fine of $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.