Below are important reminders for the 36-hour lockdown which starts today at 6pm and ends 6am Friday.
Where does it apply?
The lockdown is only for the declared emergency zone from Poha to Alligator Creek.
Not a Mock Exercise
The 36-hour lockdown is not a mock exercise, it is an order done under the emergency powers regulations 2020 – you will be arrested and charged if you breach the lockdown rules or restrictions.
What are the restrictions?
- No one will be allowed to leave their place of residence.
- All businesses will be closed during that period.
- No vessels including OBMs will be allowed to leave or arrive at the Honiara port after 6pm on Wednesday 20 May 2020 until after 6 am Friday 22 May 2020.
What happens if you breach restrictions?
Anyone breaking the Order could be fined a maximum of SBD$10,000 or imprisoned for five years or both.
What to do in a health emergency?
There will be police check points in eight locations.
- Poha River
- White River
- Honiara City Council Roundabout
- Kukum Roundabout
- Ranadi Roundabout
- Lunga Bridge
- Alligator Creek Bridge
All health emergencies must go through one of the 8 police check points listed above, and will be under police escort to the nearest health facilities (Clinic or Hospital). Ensure all medical documents are readily available for verification.
- Only those people working in the essential and emergency services will be allowed to move around during the 36-hour lockdown.
- Those not classified as such must apply for an exemption to the Police Operation Centre (POC) at the Rove Police Headquarters before 6pm today.
- The Police Operation Centre (POC) can be contacted on the following telephones: 27891, 27893, 27895; and Toll-free line 999. POC can also be contacted through email: RSIPFCORONAVIRUS@rsipf.gov.sb
- If you do not get a response by the 6pm deadline today, then that means your application for an exemption has not been approved.
- Just because you have applied for an exemption does not mean you are exempted. You must get an approval in response to your application.
- Any exemption granted during the last curfew in April is not valid for this lockdown. You must reapply for a new exemption.