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COVID-19: Some Restrictions To Be Relaxed Starting Tonight

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made these announcements yesterday, after calling this weekend ‘Our Weekend of Readiness and Responsibility’.
25 Apr 2020 09:19
COVID-19: Some Restrictions To Be Relaxed Starting Tonight
Prime Minister with Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho during the announcements on April 24, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

From tonight the nationwide curfew will start at 10pm. From tomorrow people will be allowed to make inter-island travel by sea and air.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made these announcements yesterday, after calling this weekend ‘Our Weekend of Readiness and Responsibility’.

“And from Monday, April 27, we will allow public gatherings of 20 people or fewer,” said Mr Bainimarama.

“Nightclubs, swimming pools, cinemas, and gyms will all continue to remain closed. Houses of worship, as well, will remain closed until further notice.

“Our schools will remain closed as well until the 12th of June 2020.”

Mr Bainimarama said apart from COVID-19, the Ministry of Health will also start the LTDD (Leptospirosis, Typhoid, Dengue, Diarrhea) campaign.

“Every Fijian should spend this weekend tracking down breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Empty out containers, tyres or rubbish that hold water,” he said.

“And if medical teams conduct screenings in your area, co-operate.”

With inter-island travel resuming from Sunday, Mr Bainimaram urged all transport providers to make available hand sanitisers for passengers upon boarding.

He said members of the public were encouraged to wear masks while travelling.

However, Mr Bainimarama has reminded people that while some measures have been relaxed, everything else stays the same.

He said even if one new case was detected, most stringent health protection measures would snap right back into place.

“As we see some of our restrictions lifted, it’s vital the Fijian public go about their lives responsibly, in ways that do not compromise the practice of physical distancing and put Fijian lives at risk,” he said.

“If we do, I’m confident we can welcome back these freedoms without giving ground in the campaign against this virus.”

TC Harold assistance

Mr Bainimarama also announced help for those affected by Tropical Cyclone Harold.

He said the cost of Government-procured building materials would be subsidised for those making less than $15,000 a year – on a one-third, two-thirds basis.

He said those applying for assistance can cover the cost of all building materials, but pay more affordable rates thanks to Government bulk-buying.

The discounted materials would be delivered with all shipping costs covered anywhere in Fiji.

Trees felled by the cyclone were being repurposed into timber and provided free-of-charge for impacted homes by the Ministry of Forestry.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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