Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Sogavare has approved the introduction of new curfew hours from 5pm to 8am daily for the Honiara Emergency Zone.
The Gazette formalizing the new Curfew hours kicks in on January 31st until it is revoked.
This follows requests by the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and the business sector and agreement by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.
SICCI and Business sector requested that the Curfew hours be reduced.
The Ministry of Health considered SICCI’s argument but needed to balance the transmission risk and agreed to a curfew hours from 5pm to 8am – an hour longer than SICCI’s proposal.
Prime Minister Sogavare then approved the 5pm to 8am Curfew hours recommended by health.
Honiara Emergency zone residents are reminded, only fully vaccinated people are allowed to move around freely between 8am and 5pm each day.
Businesses can open between 8am and 5pm each day.
The lockdown in Lord Howe Community and Burns Creek Community remain in force until they are revoked.
Meanwhile, the Honiara Emergency Zone Boundary will remain on hard lockdown until it is revoked. No one is allowed to leave the Honiara Emergency Zone (Poha to Alligator Creek), and no one is allowed to enter unless exempted.
This arrangement will be reviewed regularly to ensure there is a balance between the health requirements and our economy.