Play Safe: Ratu Wiliame Advises Commuters

People in Vanua Levu and nearby maritime islands have contained their areas to be COVID-19 free, let us work together to maintain the same environment, says north chief
03 Jun 2021 09:19
Play Safe: Ratu Wiliame Advises Commuters
HEADING BACK HOME… Yogendra Prasad showing off his boat ticket in front of Interlink Shipping Line Limited Office in Labasa on June 2, 2021. He is originally from Korowiri, Labasa, and travelled to the North to carry out maintenance work at his house. He is happy to return to Newtown, Nasinu, where his wife and daughter-in-law await him. The 50-year-old has a son in Rakiraki. Reporting time is 9pm tomorrow. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere is advising people returning to Vanua Levu from Viti Levu to follow all COVID-19 safe protocols.

He said while they were doing their travel registration with the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) through helpline 163, they must think twice.

“Based on our observation last year, people in Vanua Levu who came by boat or plane from Viti Levu were able to inform Police about those breaching protocols,” Ratu Wiliame said.

“So, when borders between the two main islands open, people in the Northern Division will take more precautions by looking out for those coming into their neighbourhood and community.”

He said it was human nature when people would do anything to protect their family and community members.

“Let us support the good work already being carried out by the frontliners and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services,” he said.

“While people in Vanua Levu and nearby maritime islands have managed to contain their areas to be COVID-19 free, let us work together to maintain the same environment.

“When instructed to be in self isolation or in quarantine, please do so.”

Meanwhile, since Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s announcement on COVID-19 business protocol, MCTTT has registered 6826 calls through the 163 helpline on May 30, 2021.

Mr Bainimarama made the announcement last Sunday stating that they would allow travel from Viti Levu and containment zones to outside Viti Levu or non-containment zones subject to various protocols being met.

The team at the ministry is working around the clock to process travel registration applications and other things related to business.

Yesterday, MCTTT confirmed that the number 163 is online and they were receiving calls.

The ministry is giving every call due importance, and has revealed that in a day it is communicating with more than 1000 people who wish to get their travel registration done across Fiji.

In the meantime, Fijians are requested to register and await further advice from the ministry.



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