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COVID-19: What The Opening Of Viti Levu Borders Mean?

At 4am, the containment area borders will lift everywhere on Viti Levu. Domestic travel will be open everywhere on Viti Levu.
16 Sep 2021 19:51
COVID-19: What The Opening Of Viti Levu Borders Mean?
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

62 per cent of all adults in the country are now fully vaccinated and over 97 per cent have received their first dose.

In his statement, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s statement outlined what this means:

 

From tomorrow, 17 September 2021:

  • At 4am, the containment area borders will lift everywhere on Viti Levu. Domestic travel will be open everywhere on Viti Levu.
  • Inter-island travel, however, will remain highly controlled, including to Vanua Levu, until we achieve higher vaccination coverage in
  • Vanua Levu and our outer islands. With domestic travel open, public service vehicles will be able to operate at 70% capacity.
  • Employers who were required under COVID-safe measures to transport staff to and from work will no longer need to do so. The curfew hours for Viti Levu will be from 9 pm until 4 am.
  • Everywhere in Fiji, social gatherings of up to 20 people will be permitted indoors in people’s homes. For outdoor venues, we will allow gatherings of up to 30 people.

 

From 4 October:

  • All workplaces, tertiary institutions, houses of worship, hotels, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, gyms, pools, tattoo parlours will be able to open at 70% capacity, but only to fully-vaccinated persons.
  • As part of our Vaccination Authentication Exercise –– we will be rolling out a VAX-Check tool that allows for real-time digital verification of vaccine status that venues can use to confirm the vaccine status of their patrons. When the doors of these venues open, all other COVID-safe measures must be strictly enforced. That means masks must be worn, two metres of physical distance should be maintained where possible, and careFIJI must be installed on everyone’s phones, with Bluetooth switched on. These relaxations are not for anyone to tread carelessly.
  • We’re introducing new regulations that allow for spot checks on venues, businesses  and houses of worship. Those who do not respect these measures risk serious fines or being shut down.  I repeat you will be fined heavily or shut down if you do not follow these regulations.

 

Key information from Mr Bainimara’s statement:

  • Our journey to the new normal is a marathon, not a sprint. We have to move forward in step with the science at a careful and responsible pace
  • Community leaders should continue to keep careful track of who exits and enters their communities.
  • Employers should continue to enforce COVID-safe practices for their staff and their customers.
  • And leaders in houses of worship should be sure their devotees are adherent to COVID-safe practices as well.
  • Publication the vaccination rates of all areas along the King and Queen’s highways and other major routes so that travellers know which areas are safest to stop to take a rest, fill in fuel, buy vegetables, coconuts to drink or hot corn or BBQ to eat. Everyone should read that list carefully before getting in the car and heading anywhere.
  • Avoid areas with lower vaccination coverage.
  • If you are an unvaccinated Fijian living in an area with low vaccine coverage, do not wait another day to get the jab. And if you are only partially-vaccinated, please maintain strict adherence to every COVID-safe measure and make sure to get your second jab.

 

Feedback: inoke.rabonu@fijisun.com.fj



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