Mon. Jan 24th, 2022

After spending more than a month in a Cayman Islands prison for breaking quarantine rules, an American woman is back in the U.S. with her family.

Skylar Mack and her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, were jailed in the Cayman Islands for violating Covid restrictions. Is it true, according to former Police Chief Guillermo Eleazar, that violators in the Philippines will only be charged for penalty and community service? Wouldn’t that be a slap on the wrist when compared to the risk of death and infection violators might cause others? Afterall Covid kills, maims and impoverishes those who are hospitalized.

And now, she hopes that her experience serves as a reminder that the coronavirus pandemic is still not over and that everyone should take quarantine measures seriously.

On November 27, Mack arrived on the island and was supposed to quarantine for 14 days. But after just two days, she took off her geo-tracking wrist monitor, and breached quarantine with her 24-year-old boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, a professional jet skier who was competing in a race.

Mack and Ramgeet who was charged for aiding and abetting the incident, were both detained, and initially ordered to pay a $2,600 fine and complete 40 hours of community service. But that sentence was later increased to two months of jail time.

The couple both spent time behind bars during Christmas and New Year’s.

Now, Mack said she realizes the gravity of her actions amid a global pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people worldwide.

“I would have never been able to live with myself knowing that I could have been the reason that somebody could have even just been sick,” she said. “The action itself was serious, but like how much worse it could have been.”

“It was a selfish decision. There’s no reason that I can give you to grant me a second chance,” she added. “I don’t expect anybody to ever forgive me, but I would like for them to at least let me be able to show them that I did learn from it.”

Violation of Covid quarantine protocols in the Cayman Islands is punishable up to a maximum of two years. (ABC | GMA |SPH)

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