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COVID-19: What Transport Services Are Available In Restricted Lautoka Area?

Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer Samuel Simpson said the measures are aimed at protecting the safety of all Fijians and that restrictions will be in place until further notice.
20 Mar 2020 12:15
COVID-19: What Transport Services Are Available In Restricted Lautoka Area?

Long distance buses, minibuses, taxis, licensed hire or rental cars, licensed carriers or Rural Service License (RSL) vehicles are not permitted to enter or exit the Lautoka Cordon Area effective from Thursday night.

Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer Samuel Simpson said the measures are aimed at protecting the safety of all Fijians and that restrictions will be in place until further notice.

He said bus services previously operating in and out of Lautoka from neighbouring cities have ceased all operations from Thursday.

President of the Fiji Bus Operators Association Nisar Ali Shah said bus services within the restricted Greater Lautoka Area will operate as normal and bus companies operating outside of Lautoka can operate either from Nadi or Ba if they wish to.

He said, “we will operate the bus within the Lautoka area but not on school routes because schools are closed so school bus won’t operate.”

“We will minimize our operation rather than operating at full capacity. Maybe we’ll operate five buses, two buses, three buses, it depends. If the movement is completely gone then we might stop operating completely.”

“Not all businesses will close. Supermarkets are open, pharmacies, service stations, manufacturing plants, so those people will have some movements within the business centre.”

“Buses won’t operate outside Matawalu Village and outside Natalau. Nobody is coming in to Lautoka or going out of Lautoka. We will completely follow Mr Prime Minister’s release.”

Meanwhile, Shipping services outside of Lautoka remain open.

South Island Shipping managing director Ulaiasi Baivatu has confirmed that they would continue with their service to the maritime islands.

Mr Baivatu said: “We will continue with our operation.”

Two of its vessels left for Gau and Kadavu on Wednesday and will return to Suva today.

“People from the islands will suffer if we stop our operation, and many are now panic.”

When asked if the company would lay off some of its crew members, Mr Baivatu said they would take action if things worsen.

“My crew members have family to feed, so I won’t take any action now.”

This newspaper also reached out to other shipping company for comments but were unsuccessful.

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