Plan put in place to ease travel restriction

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By EDDIE OSIFELO

PEOPLE can travel from Honiara to the provinces and back on ships, Solomon Airlines and Outboard motor engines under strict conditions.

This after the Government plans to ease travel restriction to allow people movement and do businesses.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM), Dr. Melchior Mataki confirmed this to media yesterday.

Mataki, also Chairman of National Disaster Council, said the process is being finalized and put across to Cabinet for decision.

He said NDC is not eliminating but easing the restrictions to balance the economic aspects and manage the transmission.

“NDC through its arrangement tasked to look up and simplify process to be used to support movements of people through ships, planes and OBMs.

“There would be conditions attached to them,” he added.

PS Mataki said NDC has started with movements of passengers onboard MV Fair Glory on Monday.

He said OBMs entry and exist point is between Yatch club and Aola base.

According to NDC, Solomon Islands Government remains committed to its overall strategy on COVID-19 to protect all Solomon Islanders and all people living in Solomon Islands, to keep the economic engine of the country going, and to position the country to emerge from this challenge stronger and united.

This strategy is the foundation of our COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan, and other measures implemented by the Government.

The NDC Arrangement is employed as the country’s whole of Government response approach in the coordination of COVID-19 through the National and Provincial Disaster Operations Committees (N-DOC and P-DOC).

The N-DOC and P-DOC through its Sector Committees COVID-19 Preparedness and Response.


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