During the outbreak of COVID-19, the Chilean government issued severe restrictions, ordering the public to wear masks in all public places, and violators will be sanctioned, including fines and even imprisonment.
On December 20th, local time, CNN reported that Chilean health authorities confirmed that President Pinheira was fined $3,500 for not wearing a mask and taking a selfie with a stranger on a beach. He was fined $3,500 for violating the epidemic prevention guidelines issued by the health department.
According to the report, earlier this month, Pinheela’s selfie with people was rumored on social platforms. Pinheila later admitted to making mistakes and publicly apologized.
He said that he was walking alone on the beach near his residence. A strange woman recognized him and asked for a photo with him. Pinheela agreed. At that time, the two stood close and did not wear masks.
According to data provided by Johns Hopkins University, Chile has so far recorded more than 587,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 16,000 deaths.