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Up to 20 People Allowed To Attend A Funeral: Dr Fong

If you do not have an essential reason to leave your house –– do not leave your house. Stay home. Keep your children at home. If you absolutely need to travel, wear a mask and make sure you have the CareFiji app switched on.
21 Apr 2021 19:11
Up to 20 People Allowed To Attend A Funeral: Dr Fong
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong.

Except for funeral services, all non-work gatherings of any size cannot take place anywhere.

Restrictions are now in place for the whole of Fiji. Only 20 people  are allowed to attend a funeral.

This was reiterated by Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong during a press conference this afternoon.

Non-work gatherings includes religious services, weddings, and other events.

Dr Fong said they are allowing people to hold funeral services with up to 20 people.

“The reason is simple; an unplanned death cannot be rescheduled, so we will allow funerals to happen at a small scale.

“In short, if you do not have an essential reason to leave your house –– do not leave your house. Stay home. Keep your children at home. If you absolutely need to travel, wear a mask and make sure you have the CareFiji app switched on. If you have travelled for an emergency, for your employment, or to access an essential service, head home straight after.”

For those who are have yet to purchase a mask, Dr Fong said they will be publishing  specific guidance on mask-wearing on the Government of Fiji Facebook page, including for the making of homemade masks.

“There is no excuse not to do your part. Every time you leave the house, the virus could be travelling with you. If you aren’t careful, it could be coming home with you. The best course of action is to stay home unless you have a life-sustaining reason to travel.

“But if you have to leave––wear a mask. Outdoor exercise is allowed. But you should only interact with other members of your household and keep a two-metre distance from all others.”

Team contact sports, like rugby, basketball, and soccer are not allowed.



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