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Bula Bubble, New Normal: What They Mean

This bubble targets the Australian and New Zealand tourism markets, with the Government working with Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji on offering attractive packages to lure tourists back to our shores.
22 Jun 2020 08:59
Bula Bubble, New Normal: What They Mean
(From left) Head of Health Protection at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Aiysha Sahukha, Minister for Education, Rosy Akbar, Attorney General and Minister of Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong and Director General DigitalFIJI, Tupou’tuah Baravilala at the press conference on June 21, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Government has announced measures that will ensure Fiji’s steady economic recovery in a world grappling with the impact of COVID-19.

Fiji, like other countries, must adjust to the “new normal”. What exactly does this mean for us?

Yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted that Fijians must expect that although sporting events and centres, social and worship gatherings, cinemas are open, restrictions still applied.

For instance, if cinemas and sporting events cater for 500 people respectively, only 50 per cent of that 500 is allowed. Now, 100 persons are allowed in worship centres and social gatherings.

Mr Bainimarama also emphasised the importance of having the careFIJI app installed in your smartphones before entering any of these places, and practising safe physical distancing.

Bula Bubble

This bubble targets the Australian and New Zealand tourism markets, with the Government working with Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji on offering attractive packages to lure tourists back to our shores.

Intending travellers can either present a medical certificate from a recognised medical institution certifying their 14 days quarantine in their home country, along with proof of a negative test result within 48 hours, or complete 14 days quarantine upon arrival at their own cost, after which they can start their “Bula Bubble”.

Australians and Kiwis can now enjoy Fiji, while remaining separate from other travellers and the general public. Their movements will be contained within the “VIP lanes”.

This means from the Nadi International Airport, onto designated transport to their designated resorts or hotels. Government is trying to identify geographically-isolated resorts best fit for the “Bula Bubble”.

There is no vaccine for COVID-19 yet and a second wave of the virus is possible, but we must, like Mr Bainimarama said, be a step ahead in this fight against COVID-19.

For now, Fijians must adapt and adjust to the “new normal”.

Meanwhile, with schools reopening on June 30, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar has urged teachers to be at school on June 29.

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