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Businesses That Can Operate: MCTTT

The Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport has issued a list of essential business and industry support services. The ministry said the prescribed essential businesses were applicable to the
23 Jun 2021 15:39
Businesses That Can Operate: MCTTT
Telecommunication services are among businesses listed as essential service. Photo: Leon Lord .

The Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport has issued a list of essential business and industry support services.

The ministry said the prescribed essential businesses were applicable to the lockdown/ containment areas.

The list of businesses is subject to review in considering the changing health and safety circumstances, the ministry said.

On-call services mean that the listed businesses must only take appointments or order via telephone or electronic means – emails, online bookings, social media, to name a few, the ministry said.

The premises of on-call services must not open for any retail purpose, the ministry said.

On-call services will only facilitate delivery and pick-up.

“When a customer is to pick-up an item, the business must ensure that at any point in time, only one customer is at the store,” the ministry’s statement said.

“It is the responsibility of the business to ensure that there is no crowd outside of the store.”

“Where the service provider is going to another premises for delivery, repair, maintenance or other related activities, all COVIDsafe practices must be adhered to.”

Essential businesses
● Air and sea rescue services;
● Air traffic control services;
● Civil aviation;
● Telecommunication services;
● Food and sanitary manufacturing plants;
● Electricity services.

Emergency services in times of national disaster;

● Fire services;
● Health and hospital services;
● Lighthouse services;
● Mine pumping, ventilation and winding;
● Meteorological services;
● Sanitary, water and sewage services;
● Local produce and municipal markets;
● Supermarkets and shops selling food, and other essential items;
● Banks and financial institutes, including credit unions;
● Insurance businesses;
● Pharmacies;
● Supply and distribution of fuel, petrol, gas and power;
● Garbage collection;
● Transport services;
● General hardware – on call .

 

Effective from June 21, 2021
●Administration, legal and finance – for essential functions only and not open tophysical client interaction;
● Audit services;
● Air and sea ports;
● Fiji National Provident Fund – only essential staff;
● Fiji Revenue and Customs Service – only essential staff;
● Civil service, statutory authority, independent offices, municipal authority – only essential staff;
● Biosecurity Authority of Fiji – only essential staff;
● Road services – suppliers and contractors of Fiji Roads Authority;
● Construction professional and all auxiliary services;
● Private security services;
● Veterinary services;
● Restaurants – for takeaway and delivery services only.

 

Industries that can operate as support service to essential businesses include:
●n support industries to the food and sanitary sectors, such as supply packaging material, labels and pellet wrappings;
● container, cartage, supply and logistics including clearing of containers, and loading or off-loading from the warehouse;
● general items and services – on-call;
● support services for fuel industries such as petrol pump maintenance services;
● support services and laying of pipelines – on call and for emergencies;
● IT suppliers – support and equipment, supporting connectivity for essential industries – on-call services;
● gas suppliers to other industries – only for supplies to supermarkets, factories and apartments;
● plumbing services – on-call;
● electrical services – on-call;
● air-conditioning aervices – on-call to support essential services;
● fertiliser and feed manufacturers/merchants;
● meat industry;
● tyre and vehicle spare parts suppliers – on-call to support essential services;
● pool servicing and cleaning – only for on-call services;
● lawn maintenance and mowing – on-call;
● mechanical services – on-call;
● hotels – quarantine hotels/those which are providing accommodation to essential workers, including private sector;
● upholstery – for vehicles only;
● car wash – must provide vehicle sanitisation service;
● locksmith services;
● foreign exchange services;
● funeral services, hearse, crematorium services including casket manufacturing;
● maritime support services – on-call.

 

High risk
The ministry said the following high risk businesses must not operate on the mainland:
● gyms,
● movie theatres,
● video gaming shops,
● cafes, taverns and bars,
● billiard shops,
● amusement arcades,
● spas, beauty therapy, massage therapy venues, saunas, and tattoo parlours.

 

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj



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