Man is Jailed for Hugging a Quarantined Friend in New Zealand!

Jesse Courtney Welsh, 33, appears in court via video link, facing charges of hugging

You are already living in a science fiction dystopia.

Daily Mail:

A painter has been jailed in New Zealand after he broke lockdown rules by entering a coronavirus quarantine facility and hugging a friend who was isolating.

Jesse Courtney Welsh, 33, from Morningside, Auckland, received a six week prison sentence after hugging a friend who was isolating after returning home from Australia, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Welsh appeared at Whangārei District Court yesterday after previously pleading guilty to being unlawfully in an enclosed yard.

He also faced charges of careless driving and failing to stop.

Police withdrew the charge for failing to comply with a Covid-19 order because it had been wrongly laid.

Sentencing judge Keith de Ridder said: ‘This was not an example of people under severe stress because of a family death or some other reason. You knew full well about the quarantine rules and was not just content with talking to him, but hugged him as well.’

Welsh is now isolating and has had three coronavirus tests, all of which have returned negative.

Why jail this man? Couldn’t they just force him into a couple of weeks of quarantine?

If the goal of the government really is to keep the population safe from the virus, why jail people for breaking quarantine social distancing rules at all? Why not just say “oh, now that you broke the rules you’ll have be quarantined to make sure you didn’t catch the virus.”

It would be a bit less grim than criminalizing human contact.