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A List Of New Fines You Should Know About, Non-compliance Will Not Be Tolerated

People should follow the rules – not because we demand it of you and not because we will fine you – but because they are proven to work at protecting you from contracting COVID-19.
09 Jan 2022 15:24
A List Of New Fines You Should Know About, Non-compliance Will Not Be Tolerated
MASK UP! Doctor Shamaa Al-Maaz stressing the importance of wearing masks alongside her colleagues staff nurse Pratika Chand (left) and Anupam Prashika at Jerusalemi Methodist Church in Caubati on June 1, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord
Enforcement agencies will not hesitate to fine people, revoke permits to operate or shut down businesses, including hotels, that blatantly disregard any of these COVID safe measures.
The enforcement agencies are the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the Fiji Police Force, and Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission.
As of 7 January 2022, the following fines, amongst other enforcement measures, will apply:
• Failure to wear a mask or face covering in required settings will result in a spot fine of $250.
• Businesses failing to maintain record or have QR Code available for scan can be fined $1,000 (the business and the official responsible will also get charged – $250).
• Failure to undertake symptom and temperature checks will incur a $250 for individuals and a $1,000 fine for businesses.
• High risk businesses failing to verify vaccination status will face $1,000, whilst the official responsible for undertaking that task or in-charge of the premises at the time will be fined $250
• Public Service Vehicles not complying with capacity requirements will face the following fines – Driver – $100, Passenger – $100, permit holder or company – $1,000. In addition, the permit holder or company can face $4,000 fine for not following the Protocol for Land Transport Services
• Failure to comply with the relevant Protocols will lead to fines of up to $4,000; and
• A business that is issued one Infringement notice, could face double the fine for the second notice, together with closure of business.
Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiaz Koya reminded members of the public that this is their final warning to everyone that non-compliance will not be tolerated. The new fines will remain in effect for at least the next several weeks.
“Our borders are open, we have Fijians who are back at work for the first time in nearly two years. We will do everything possible to protect their employment. That means, protecting everyone. And it means the same rules that apply to locals apply to tourists as well.
“Visitors should be able to enjoy their holiday in Fiji with the best Fijian hospitality and at the same feel safe that they can return home on time.  So far, test positivity among tourists remains low and we do not view hotels as major drivers of transmission.”
Tourism operators are urged to continue to comply with the Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) and the Tourism Operation Protocols. They can continue to enforce measures as they have been doing on hotel premises.
Mr Koya said people should follow the rules – not because we demand it of you and not because we will fine you – but because they are proven to work at protecting you from contracting COVID-19.
“So, please, get boosted and get back to the basics of COVID safety so we can get through this challenge together and get on with our recovery.
“And don’t forget that COVID isn’t the only threat Fiji faces at the moment. Please, stay safe through the wet weather. In case of evacuation, we have well-rehearsed protocols for managing the movement of people and supplies without giving the virus more chances to spread. So, adhere closely to the advice from authorities.”


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