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You Can Still Work: A-G

Workers to carry ID cards, letter from employers during curfew.
29 Mar 2020 09:53
You Can Still Work: A-G
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (left) and ANZ Country Head Saud Minam in Suva on March 28, 2020, during Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s meeting with business leaders and stakeholders. Photo: Ronald Kumar

People going to work can still do so when the nationwide curfew from 10pm to 5am comes into effect tomorrow, says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The curfew was announced by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Parliament on Friday to curb public movement, in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19.

He said people were still not practicing the directive given to restrict non-essential travel.

Hotels, utility companies, media organisations, factories and other places that require shift work will continue and their employees will be allowed to reach their destinations. These employees are required to carry with them their work identification cards and letters from employers, stating why they are needed at work.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also clarified that corner shops, barbeque sellers and other retail outlets such as grog shops must stay closed during the curfew.

The A-G met retailers and other stakeholders in Suva yesterday to discuss the curfew.

“We wanted to meet with all the stakeholders especially all the statutory organisations and the private sector to see how they could assist in the smooth implementation of the curfew,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Some of the operations need to continue and the supply chain needs to be maintained and how best we can maintain the curfew and people who are employed can continue to go to work and continue to get paid.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said they found that people were still moving around for social engagements such as kava sessions and parties.

“We have to ensure that the business continues to function, and have in place measures to stop the spread of this deadly disease by having proper social distancing,” he said.

“The implementing agency is the Fiji Police Force. They would be setting up various checkpoints throughout Fiji to stop movements.”

TRANSPORTATION

Public transportation will also cease. Fiji Bus Operators Association president Nisar Ali Shah is calling on bus companies to abide by the regulations set out by the Government.

With Government managing to contain the spread of COVID-19 to five cases so far, Mr Shah said everyone needed to help the Government contain the disease.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said some companies had made arrangements to move shifts around the curfew hours while some were providing transportation. Edited by Naisa Koroi

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