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Police Keep Eye Out At Picnic Spots

Yesterday, Police officers set up check points along the Queen Elizabeth Drive in Nasese, Suva, advising travels on restrictions for picnics.
08 Sep 2021 10:01
Police Keep Eye Out At Picnic Spots
Police officers checking vehicles along the Queen Elizabeth drive in Nasese on September 7 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The Fiji Police Force yesterday set up checkpoints to monitor popular picnics spots around the country to ensure everything was in line with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services guidelines.

This comes after videos of people gathering in large numbers at a popular Sandbank close to Suva were shared on social media. In the video, it was seen that people travelled to the sandbank in boats, drank alcohol, and swum while having a large gathering.

People also gathered to have picnics at the Sand Bank outside Suva yesterday.

Yesterday, Police officers set up check points along the Queen Elizabeth Drive in Nasese, Suva, advising travels on restrictions for picnics. Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the Police officers were in the process of trying to locate those people and issue them with the Public Health Infringement Notices (PHINs) for not complying with the directives issued by the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile the popular Pacific Harbour beach, which used to be filled up with families picnicking on sunny public holidays, looked deserted yesterday as Police kept constant patrol. A team of Police officers, led by Station Officer, Navua Sergeant, Rafaele Ravusale, patrolled the beach area while another team led by Officer in Charge, Inspector Rajesh Prasad, drove around to all popular public beaches in Navua to ensure no one breach the COVID safety guidelines.

Waisea Qaunasese, who makes his living by selling coconuts around the picnic spots said: “Public holidays used to be the best day for us who sell coconuts to picnickers around Pacific Harbour, but all that stopped, and we only sell 5 to 7 coconuts in a day compared to 25 to 30 each,” said Mr Gaunasese.

 



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