INTER-ISLAND boats travelling to Gizo Town, Western Province, will only be allow into the township if they comply with the strict COVID-19 safety practices imposed by the provincial government.
This restricted measure came into effect on Thursday after the province activated its Response Plan Alert Phase to Level 3.
Western Province Premier Christian Mesepitu said the COVID-19 Task Force Committee is now increasing surveillance in Gizo and will only allow essential trips into Gizo.
Mr Mesepitu said these include those who are going to Gizo to seek medical attention, to shop and local market vendors.
However, he said all boat travelers must apply COVID-19 safety measures.
“The number of people travelling in a boat must be limited, no overcrowding and compulsory wearing of face masks.
“Every individual must wear facemask in their workplaces, shops, bank, restaurants and all public places.
“If you do not comply with these measures you will not be allowed to enter these places,” the premier said.
He said all nightclubs in Noro, Munda and Gizo must now close their doors indefinitely.
The premier said by activating the Provincial Response Plan Alert Phase to Level 3 means Western Province is now focusing its priority and resources towards any risk of COVID-19 community transmission in the province.
He said the province has also set up COVID-19 Taskforce Committees in Seghe, Munda, Noro, Ringi, Poitete and Gizo that are working around the clock to increase surveillance and monitor the movement of people around these areas.
The premier also urge people to limit movement between the islands and also between the different villages.
By ULUTAH GINA
GIZO NEWS BUREAU