Buala police call on boat owners to adhere to advice


POLICE in Buala will investigate reports of boats leaving Honiara for Isabel Province recently despite efforts by the government to contain COVID-19 from spreading to other provinces.

And many people are saying the behavior and attitude of our very own people are risking the lives and health of those in the provinces.

Police in Buala will investigate following reports of small boats traveling to Sepi village on Isabel Province from Honiara.

A police sergeant from Buala police said they have received reports of boats traveling to the Bugotu areas, which is not a good practice.

“Boat owners should prioritize health as the COVID virus is deadly and can spread through movements of people.

“In Isabel, if we are not careful the virus will reach our shores”, the Officer said.

The officer said they were supposed to do patrols around the Island, but due to no fuel, they could not do so.

He however said they are waiting on the Isabel Provincial Government and the Provincial Disaster Office for fuel before they can attend to the reports in the Bugotu area.

The Prime Minister in his nationwide address highlighted that all passenger services by air and sea from Honiara to provinces are suspended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 to provinces.

He said Cargo vessels including small boats are also not allowed to travel out from Honiara, and People from provinces are advised to delay their travel to Honiara at this point in time.

“These increases are directly related to the free movement of people. Many of the people that are moving freely around the city or out from the city to the provinces are carrying the virus without knowing it.” Sogavare said.

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