GOV’T ACTS ON CORONAVIRUS
INCOMING travellers who have been to countries that have confirmed cases of the coronavirus will not be allowed into the country.
That’s according to new laws the government put in place yesterday to protect the country and people from the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
Minister for Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration, Clezy Rore signed and gazetted the regulations yesterday.
“Under the said Regulation, if any person, who has for 14 days prior to arriving in the Solomon Islands, been in a country where there is a confirmed case of Corona Virus, will not be allowed to enter the country and will be requested to board the return flight or be subject to detention or quarantine,” a government statement said.
Government officials, MPs and members of the public are also restricted from travelling to China.
“Further restrictions also apply to non-essential travel to other countries with confirmed coronavirus cases,” the statement added.
“The government wishes to encourage its citizens to practice personal hygiene and to refrain from creating speculations and spreading rumours in relation to the corona virus that might cause fear and panic.
“The government acknowledges the risks associated with the outbreak of diseases as a matter of National Security.”