Businesses will now be monitored and evaluated

Businesses will now be monitored and evaluated in regards to their compliance with COVID-19 safe protocols of their operations. Picture: ATU RASEA

Businesses will now be monitored and evaluated in regards to their compliance with COVID-19 safe protocols of their operations.

This joint effort will be undertaken by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), Fiji Competition and Commerce Commission (FCCC) and Fiji Police Force (FPF).

The Minister for Commerce, Trade Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya reminded business operators that businesses could not operate as normal.

“Normal has a new definition that requires everyone to take extra precautions,” he said.

“With the new Public Health (Amendment) Act 2021 passed in Parliament this week, businesses should take responsibility of their premises, as well as customers or employees.

“A business that allows anyone who is not following the minimum COVID-safe measures to enter their establishment, will be held responsible.”

The Fijian Government has urged businesses to consciously go beyond the minimum protocols and come up with safer ways to do business.

“We will also use this opportunity to create awareness and dialogue with the businesses in relation to the protocols,” said Mr Koya.

He added this would be an ongoing exercise and acknowledged MHMS, FCCC and the FPF for coming on board because of their understanding and extensive experience in engaging with the business community.

It was stated officials from respective agencies will be visiting businesses to monitor compliance to the Business Operations and undertake respective surveys.

Businesses could access the COVID safe business protocols from the ministry website www.mcttt.gov.fj. or call 163 for queries and clarifications.

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