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COVID-19: Containment Zones In Lami, Suva, Nausori, Lautoka And Nadi For 14 Days Beginning Tomorrow

Beginning at 4 am Monday 26 April, movement will be restricted for 14 days in containment zones - Lami, Suva and Nausori.
25 Apr 2021 18:23
COVID-19: Containment Zones In Lami, Suva, Nausori, Lautoka And Nadi For 14 Days Beginning Tomorrow
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong. Photo: Leon Lord

Beginning at 4am Monday 26 April, movement will be restricted for 14 days in containment zones – Lami, Suva and Nausori.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced this following the announcement of four new COVID-19 cases this afternoon.

Two of those cases are in Nadi, one in Lautoka and one in Makoi, Suva.

“Regarding the Makoi case, we are not certain of the source of her infection, but the Ministry of Health is busy doing contact tracing to determine who she may have been in contact with before or after she was infected,” Dr Fong said.

“Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures against the possibility that the virus has spread within the Lami- Suva Nausori areas and within the Nadi-Lautoka area.

“Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures.”

For a period of 14 days, the Ministry of Health will be closing off exits at the following checkpoints, starting from 4am tomorrow morning, the 26th of April:

  • Lami Zone: beginning from Wainadoi to Tamavua- I- Wai
  • Suva Zone: Tamavua-I- Wai to 8 Miles bridge (Rups Bridge in Nakasi),
  • Nausori Zone: 8 Miles bridge(Rups Bridge in Nakasi)  to Logani Village on Kings Road.

Similarly, the Nadi-Lautoka will be divided into two zones:

  • Nadi Zone will begin from Momi Junction to Lomolomo Police Post
  • Lautoka Zone begins from Lomolomo Police Post to Nacilau.

The current free movement between Lautoka to Nadi will no longer be allowed for the next 14 days beginning tomorrow.

Only persons traveling for medical purposes will be allowed through checkpoints.
Even within the respective containment zones, residents are again advised to avoid large social gatherings, particularly indoors.
“Stay home. Your interactions should be limited entirely to those already living in your households. If you’re missing a friend or loved one, do the safe thing and call them on the phone. If you need to walk around or exercise you may do so, but wear masks and maintain social distance when you must be out,” Dr Fong said.
“It is particularly important to download the careFIJI app and keep your phone Bluetooth turned on. And wash your hands regularly.”
The essential businesses include that can operate within these containment areas include: 
  • Limited banking services will be available, as will FNPF and FRCS.
  • Supermarkets, shops, markets and pharmacies are to remain open and people will have some degree of movement to only access essential services.
  • Restaurants can remain open but only for takeaway and delivery orders within and for the containment zones.
  • Public transportation within the different zones will be available but limited to 50% seating capacity.
  • Civil servants authorised to work from home based on approval.
  • Essential services to continue to operate including emergency services, communications, electricity, food and distribution services, FNPF, FRCS, roading services.
  • Ports will remain open but inter-island passenger travel not allowed.
  • Civil service employees will be authorised to work from home at the discretion of their respective Permanent Secretaries,
  • Air and rescue services, air traffic control services, ports services, civil aviation,
  • telecommunication services,
  • food and sanitary manufacturing plants,
  • electricity services,
  • emergency services, fire services, health and hospital services,
  • lighthouse services,
  • meteorological services,
  • mine pumping,
  • ventilation and winding,
  • sanitary services,
  • supply and distribution of fuel and gas, power,
  • telecommunications,
  • garbage collection,
  • transport services,
  • water and sewage services,
  • private security services
  • and roading services.

Employers in the listed essential businesses need to arrange a permission document for their employees in order to pass through the check points, as was the case during the previous lockdown.

Employers should also try and make arrangements for their critical workers to move into the zones for the 14 day period.

Please contact 158 to acquire the permission documents which are your passes.

The Fiji Police Force will efficiently facilitate responses.

All non-essential businesses must remain closed.

These containment areas will remain for the next 14 days as the Health Ministry assesses, contact traces and tests the contacts of the 4 new cases.

Feedback: jennis.naidu@fijisun.com.fj



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