Morning Joggers Concern Residents

The residents claim they are breaking covid safe protocols.
24 Jun 2021 13:19
Morning Joggers Concern Residents
More Fijians are wearing masks when they are out and about in Suva. Photo: Leon Lord

Vatuwaqa residents living near Suva Point are concerned with the number of people gathering every morning from nearby settlements to exercise in groups.

Nacara Street resident Deo Narayan said while he was happy that people were looking after their health, he had observed that most were gathered in large groups.

He said he was told that people in the nearby settlements were told to keep fit and healthy.

“But this is not the way to do it. We have people exercising in groups where there is physical contact,” Mr Narayan said.

Statham Road resident Aisake Nagata shared similar sentiments, adding that some had failed to observe COVID-19 safe protocols like wearing masks.

Suva and Lami Special Administrator Isikeli Tikoduadua was aware of the concerns.

He said people needed to realise that the situation created by the pandemic could only be dealt with by people following the directives.

Mr Tikoduadua said the council had scheduled a meeting with Police reps to discuss some issues of concern.

He has called on people to stop moving around and avoid gathering in large crowds especially during this time as the number of cases continued to rise daily.

People riding bus without valid reasons, operator claims

A Suva bus operator claims people are still travelling on public transport without valid reasons.

He called on authorities to set up checkpoints to check the validity of their travel.

Dee Cees Limited general manager Temo Chand said they have found many people, especially teenagers travelling and moving around without a valid reason.

Mr Chand said they also found that the last buses to destinations were full because people travelled to the city for no apparent reason.

“I am hoping that authorities such as the Fiji Police Force and Ministry of Health look at checking where people are going to in buses,” Mr Chand said.

“For example, some who are catching the bus from Vesida do not need to come to the city to pay bills and do shopping in Suva. All these things can be done in Nabua.

“And then we have the teenagers who are travelling. We the bus operators have no legal standing to do this.”

Mr Tikoduadua said the suggestion was a valid one as it would effectively manage crowd movement.




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