BUSINESS houses in the Central Division were advised to close shops after lunch yesterday as the police monitored Tropical Cyclone Evan.
Chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu confirmed the officers were advised to create public safety awareness.
"No directive has been given for business houses to be closed in the Central Division but our officers are going around advising business owners of their safety, which includes advising them of closing down their business for the day," he said.
"This is just advice to employers and their employees. Since Tropical Cyclone Evan hit Fiji, the safety of our people is paramount."
ACP Tudravu said the Prime Minister's Office had constantly reminded the police to uphold their core role and function during the current disaster.
"Police officers have been told to be out in full force, for visibility purposes in case people try to take advantage of our current situation to break the law."
Officers around the Central and Eastern divisions were on standby to be deployed to parts of Fiji that would or could be affected by TC Evan.
"Once we get the word to move to these areas, we will," ACP Tudravu said.