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.

  1. Poha River
  2. White River
  3. Rove
  4. Honiara City Council Roundabout
  5. Kukum Roundabout
  6. Ranadi Roundabout
  7. Lunga Bridge
  8. 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:
  • 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.