Churces, night clubs to remain close

All churches, bars and night clubs in the Honiara Emergency zone continue to remain closed. This is according to the Emergency Powers (COVID-19)(Honiara Emergency Zone)(Requirements) (No.2) Orders 2022 (as amended).

Except for Casinos and Restaurants, the Order effectively prohibits kava bars, fast food bars, food court eating outlets, cafes and parts of premises accessed by the public to be served and to consume food or alcoholic beverages on the premises, from operating and must remain closed, explains a Government statement.

No food or drinks may be served or consumed by members of the public on those premises.

However, the statement says, a restaurant or bar in the emergency zone that is part of a hotel may serve guests accommodated at the hotel.

It says, guests may be served and consume food or drink at the restaurant or bar provided that COVID-19 protocols are complied with.

The Statement said, people entering or moving about and leave the restaurant or bar must mask up but may remove it while seated at the restaurant or bar.

The Order further states, that only a maximum of 10 persons are allowed to be in a public place in the emergency zone.

The Government continues to remind our good people to continue to practice and observe COVID-19 measures such as:

(a) Wear masks at all times;
(b) Use sanitisers;
(c) Maintain social distancing of 2 metres;
(d) Only fully vaccinated persons to move around; etc

Meanwhile, the temporary Suspension of Church Services, gatherings and meetings remains effective for both Sabbath and Sunday goers, week days included.

It is evident, these gatherings contribute to the increase of community transmission of COVID 19 currently experienced.

Church leaders from Alligator Creek to Poha are kindly requested to remind their local churches, communities, parishes, stations, schools and institutions of the suspension.

Prime Minister Honourable Manasseh Sogavare signed the Order as the Government further relax Curfew hours within the Honiara Emergency zone, from 12 midnight to 6am.

The Government also urges Church leaders to encourage their congregation members to take their vaccination, if they have not done so.

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