At least 500 plus police officers of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) will be deployed during the lockdown exercise operation that will start on 29 August and finish on 31 August 2021.
COVID-19 Police Operation Commander, Mr. Simpson Pogeava says the lockdown will start at 6pm on 29 August and will finish at 6am on 31 August 2021.
Commander Pogeava says police are supporting the Ministry of Health and Medical Services as the leading agency to test their response capabilities should there be any community transmission when our borders are open.
Mr. Pogeava says from the police operational perspective, there will be six sub-zones boundaries from Poha Bridge in North West Guadalcanal to Alligator Creek in the Eastern side of Honiara International Airport. Within those sub-zones, there are 10 checkpoints within Honiara and part of Guadalcanal policing jurisdiction.
He says police are working on other essential services to be exempted during the lockdown. I kindly ask everyone to prepare ahead for this lockdown. Stock up your homes with food and other necessities to keep you for that period.
“Be mindful, though it is a lockdown exercise but police will arrest and charge those who breach it. I ask you, my good people in Honiara, to stay home during the lockdown. Other essential services will be exempted and work during the lockdown period to attend other essential services,” says Commander Pogeava.