COVID-19: Essential businesses may qualify for movement passes during 24hr curfew

Businesses that are deemed essential may qualify for movement passes during the 24-hour curfew lockdown period effective from today, May 16, 2021

Fiji’s Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) is working closely with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Fiji Police Force to ensure essential services continue through this pandemic.

The MCTTT has been in regular discussions with its stakeholders to see how best commerce and trade related activities, which are also essential at this time, can continue.

Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Shaheen Ali said “Through the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, we are making our best endeavour to ensure businesses such as selected manufacturing and emergency services are able to safely operate while keeping employees, clients, and the Fijian population safe – all while supporting Fiji’s contact tracing and containment efforts.”

“As the Ministry responsible for Transport, we are also working closely with the relevant stakeholders to ensure safe movement of goods that are essential for every day survival, as well as in emergencies through our maritime islands,” Mr Ali said.

“We have, in close partnership with our stakeholders, developed a set of mandatory COVID Safe protocols such as downloading the careFIJI app and providing employees with Personal Protective Equipment and transport to ensure these essential businesses can operate safely. We have a dedicated team set up at MCTTT who will be assessing applications and approving movement passes and business operations in line with the health protocols to operate during this period,” he said.

In order to be considered, businesses must provide the following details, on the respective business letterhead, when requesting approval:

  • Name of Company;
  • Company COVID-19 Response Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Vehicle registration numbers;
  • Names, address and ID numbers of all drivers/passengers;
  • Details of good/service;
  • Details of travel routes and time; and
  • Phone contact of essential travelling staff.

Applications are to be made to email: covidbizpass@mcttt.gov.fj For any further queries and/or clarification, you may call phone: +679 998 6014.

The MCTTT further advises that essential businesses can operate, provided employees are engaged from within the respective Containment Areas.

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