COVID-19: Suva-Nausori lockdown expires at 4am; Lockdown zone reverts to containment areas

Police checkpoint in Nakasi. Picture: FT FILE

The Suva- Nausori lockdown zone will revert into two separate containment areas at 4am on Monday, May 3, 2021.

According to a post on the Fijian Government Facebook page, the containment areas are the Suva containment area and the Nausori containment area.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong in the COVID-19 press briefing this evening said the borders of the areas are unchanged.

“The lifting of that lockdown measure will mean that, within these containment areas, movement – for essential purposes only – may resume,” Dr Fong said.

“Our system of cross-border deliveries of food and essential items into the containment areas will also resume,” he said.

“And supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and other essential businesses – as identified by the Ministry – may operate from tomorrow.”

The rules for the containment area are as follows:

– Curfew hours will be from 11pm until 4 am.
– supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and other essential businesses — as identified by the Ministry — may operate.
– Everyone should stay home unless they have an essential reason to leave.
– You should not mix with anyone who doesn’t share your home with you.
– No sports of any kind should be played.
– Places of worship will remain closed.
– Save for small funeral ceremonies, no non-work gatherings of any size should take place. In fact, you should not come within two metres of anyone if you can help it.
– Anywhere you go outside of your home, you should have on a mask or face covering
– Wash your hands well and often. Use sanitiser when you see it.
– Businesses that are not on the list of essential services should not open.
– You should not share takis, bilos or cigarettes. Any person-to-person interaction — even a maskless conversation — can put you at-risk.
– And please download careFIJI, and keep your bluetooth switched on when you are in public spaces. This does not chew battery or data.

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