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Sunday Schedule For Bus Services To Return Displaced People Home

Fijians can return home if, and only if, they reside in a containment area. No other reason for cross-border travel into containment areas is allowed.
08 May 2021 23:23
Sunday Schedule For Bus Services To Return Displaced People Home
Passengers on board a bus at the Suva bus stand on April 24, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport has issued an advise to the general public, that a number of bus companies will be available to provide bus services tomorrow, Sunday, 9 May 2021.

These services are only provided, to ensure that people who are displaced from their homes, return to their place of residence.

People who have been displaced from their homes because of the establishment of containment zones across Viti Levu since April 19 still have a few hours to return home.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong had expressed his disappointment about the movement of people from containment zones into non-containment zones.

“From this morning, we’ve already seen dangerous instances of abuse of that policy, including some people moving from containment zones into non-containment zones, something we explicitly forbid. We are tracking these people as best we can – it is vital they all self-isolate immediately.

“We’ve seen one life lost in this outbreak. Still, some people are not taking this situation seriously enough. Our statement, released earlier today, reinforces the tightly-controlled movement that is allowed so that Fijians can return home if, and only if, they reside in a containment area.  No other reason for cross-border travel into containment areas is allowed.”

During the 9pm press conference on Friday, Dr Fong said people within a containment area who are looking to move to a non-containment area – a separate date will be announced to allow you to move.  The movements will only be limited to Viti Levu.

There are currently six containment areas across Viti Levu:

  • Nadi,
  • Lautoka,
  • Rakiraki,
  • Nausori,
  • Suva and
  • Lami.

Below is the Sunday, 9 May 2021 bus service schedule issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport – to ensure that people who are displaced from their homes, return to their place of residence.

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Conditions for Travel Between Containment Zones

1. Driver and passengers must wear mask at all times of the journey.

2. Buses to operate at 50% capacity. Passengers should maintain 2 meters physical
distancing in the bus. No unnecessary movement in the bus.

3. Driver and passengers download the careFiji app and switch on Bluetooth during the entire journey. This must be checked by a representative of the bus company.

4. Bus company to maintain a passenger list, including contact tracing information such as mobile number, where possible.

5. A police officer will accompany the bus service at all times. Exchange of officers will happen at all checkpoints.

6. Strictly no stopping in a non-contained area. For example if an express bus departs Suva, then this bus must not stop in Navua and Sigatoka. The bus should stop at their final destination i.e. Nadi or Lautoka.

7. The bus is permitted to return with passengers from another containment zone into the original containment zone. For example a bus that started the journey from Suva for Lautoka is allowed to return to Suva with passengers as a direct express service.

Conditions for Travel between Non-Containment Zones to Containment Zones

1. 1 to 4 of the above applies.

2. Allowed to bring in passengers from non-containment zone into containment zone. For example can bring in passengers from Ba to Lautoka.

3. Bus is permitted to return to its origin. The bus must not carry passenger from containment zone to a non-containment zone. The driver must not disembark in the containment zone.



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