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COVID-19: No Passenger Carriage, Movement On Inter Island Ships Throughout Fiji

From 12am Sunday, 29 March 2020 there will be no passenger carriage or movement on inter island ships throughout Fiji till further notice.
28 Mar 2020 14:57
COVID-19: No Passenger Carriage, Movement On Inter Island Ships Throughout Fiji

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement, wishes to advise the following restrictions to all inter-island shipping movements.

From 12am Sunday, 29 March 2020 there will be no passenger carriage or movement on inter island ships throughout Fiji till further notice.

Only freight cargo services will continue during this time. There is also a restriction of movement for small craft and yacht.

Furthermore, the following are steps that must be taken by all shipping and truck companies:

1.Vessel operators are to allow trucks and drivers to embark.

2.Vessel operators are to keep a register of details for all drivers who board the vessels.

3. All drivers are to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times.

4. An hour before disembarkation at a port or jetty, drivers are to decontaminate their vehicles, move into the passenger lounges and observe social distancing (2 metres).

5.All decontaminated vehicle keys are to be left in a safe area that is accessible to the driver disembarking the truck.

6.Upon disembarkation, drivers from the disembarkation point are to board the vessel and move the vehicles out.

7.There is to be no contact between the drivers who boarded the vessel with the vehicles and those who will be disembarking the vehicles.

8.Shipping operators are to ensure there is no contact between drivers and crews.

9.Shipping operators are to discourage crew members from unnecessarily disembarking at ports and jetties and socialising at these points.

10.For inter-island shipping, shipping operators and crew are to offload cargo and freight at a designated location on the jetty or port.

11.Members of the public collecting freight are to collect from this point, practising social distancing. They are not to board the vessel under any circumstances.

12. All turaga ni koros to liaise with Itaukei Affairs for further information.

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