COVID-19: Export companies allowed in lockdown areas – A-G

Police officers at Tuvu checkpoint in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Companies involved in the export of goods to Pacific Island countries will be allowed to operate in the lockdown areas of Suva and Lautoka, says Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

During a press conference last Saturday, he said businesses in some sectors of the economy were allowed to operate from lockdown areas and these were manufacturing companies.

He said for instance, people who worked in flour and food companies have packaging requirements to meet.

And it also included certain textile and clothing industries, and beverage companies that have the ability to do social distancing within their operations.

He said companies that had to meet demands or complete overseas orders would be allowed to operate.

He also said support services for the fuel industry – and this includes the cartage of fuel or any maintenance or repairs required to fuel pipelines – would be allowed to operate.

He said shipping companies had also been allowed to cross the border and do the right swaps to ensure that they continued to transport supplies to the rest of the islands in the Fiji group.

IT suppliers who have annual maintenance contracts and those who provide services in terms of systems crashing could attend to these related matters.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said a lot of the construction was carried out outdoors, in particular in the initial stages of construction, and if there was enough social distancing the construction companies could continue to operate.

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