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Difficulties Going Through Checkpoints

People lined up at checkpoints at the borders of the containment areas hoping to either move in or out of their areas. Some stood at the checkpoints as they hoped
27 Apr 2021 12:00
Difficulties Going Through Checkpoints
Police officers check vehicles at the border of Nakasi Rups Big Bear complex on April 26, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

People lined up at checkpoints at the borders of the containment areas hoping to either move in or out of their areas.

Some stood at the checkpoints as they hoped to make their way to work.

Trucks and supply vehicles had easy passage as the only thing required was changing of drivers at the checkpoints.

Others needed Police passes to be allowed through.

Rosie Vatubuli, a cashier at a supermarket in Nakasi stood confused at the checkpoint in Nakasi.

She said she had to endure threatening calls from her manager to come to work despite there being no bus services in her area.

“Now I am at the checkpoint and I need a Police clearance and also a letter from the company,” she said.

Truck driver Mahendra Singh said it was a similar situation to what he had experienced last year when they had to change trucks at the Nausori Bridge.

“I hope that Fijians adhere to safety directives so we can go back to some kind of normalcy,” he said.

Police officers are working 12-hour shifts and manning the checkpoints with extreme caution.

They have had to deal with all kinds of people, some very persistent in trying to get through.

 

Long queue for passes
People gathered at the Totogo Police Station as scores tried to get their passes.

The passes are what got people between the different containment areas.

However, people are not allowed to travel through the Wainadoi and Logani checkpoint.

According to Police, passes would only be issued if genuine reasons were provided.

 

Feedback: shalveen.chamd@fijisun.com.fj



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