SOE Orders Relaxed – Hotels and Restaurants to Open

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In what looks like an attempt to get the economy back on track, the SOE Controller has made critical changes to the current orders in place.


The changes made are:


As of 6pm today, all:


• Flights restrictions into and out of Rabaul are lifted and the Port of Rabaul to be re-opened as a designated international shipping port.


• Public transport is to be re-opened with operators to continue with hygiene measures of hand sanitizer, regular sanitizing of seats and social distancing of 25-seater PMV allowed up to 15 people and all other transport to 5 less than licensed. Taxis are permitted 2 passengers.


• Flight approvals for travel within and between non-restricted provinces are to be maintained by the airline operators who will supply passenger details to the National Operations Center. Passengers are required to complete a domestic travel form. Flight approvals for Western and West Sepik provinces will be approved by the NOC.


• The curfew within NCD, Central and Western Province will be amended to 10pm to 5am.


• Restaurants will open with social distancing measures and hand sanitizer for patrons. Alcohol is permitted to be sold for consumption on the premises ONLY.


• Places of worship for local services are permitted with hygiene protocols in place, including supplying hand sanitisers, sanitization of seats and social distancing of 1 meter. National and provincial religious gatherings or outreach programs, including conventions and crusades are not permitted.


The Controller also made a call to all government agencies, including the key economic sectors to allow essential staff to return to work immediately.