Minister of Health and Medical Service Dr. Culwick Togamana has warned that no person is allowed to organize or attend an event of more than five people.
In his address today, Dr Togamana said: “No person is allowed to organize or attend social gatherings of more than 5 people.”
The minister who will be giving the daily COVID-19 updates made his first address on SIBC this afternoon.
He said: “For our public transportation the regulation banned a person from operating, driving or travelling on a taxi of more than four (4) people. Similarly, public van or bus is required to carry a maximum of 2 passengers sitting in each row of seats.”
He said practicing social distancing, hand washing, and frequent use of hand sanitizer is a requirement under the regulation.
Togamana further warns that a person must not be on board a bus or taxi, whether as driver, conductor or passenger, unless the person has proof of his/her COVID-19 vaccination.
“Offenders can face a maximum penalty of 15,000SBD or 5 years’ imprisonment or both,” he said.
The minister also stated that only business owners and employees who are fully vaccinated are allowed to conduct business service in the Honiara emergency zone during this current COVID-19 situation.
The minister today announced that today alone a total of 156 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded, bringing the total to 476.