Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has shocked many Honiara residents after he announced after 6pm that the 4-day lockdown which ended at 6pm tonight was extended to Sunday 9am whilst many people were already out of their houses on the streets, to the city and shops.
And countless residents have already gone to the social media to vent their resentment on Sogavare for his late announcement.
“Too late PM, people were already on the road,” one commentator on SBMOnline wrote.
Sogavare stunned and angered many Honiara residents who endured four days of lockdown, the city’s longest in history, which ended 6pm tonight by announcing that the lockdown was extended to 9am tomorrow (Sunday) and appealed for those who already left their places to return home.
He said the Cabinet the Cabinet has deliberated on the Oversight Committee’s recommendation to consider extending the lockdown of the Honiara Emergency Zone for three additional days this afternoon.
“The Cabinet has decided to implement a partial lockdown in the Honiara Emergency Zone to be supplemented with a curfew hour as follows: the current Lockdown of the Honiara Emergency Zone is extended from 6pm this evening, Saturday 29th January 2022 to 9 am tomorrow morning, Sunday 30th January 2022 tomomorrow.
He admitted making the statement late by stating that: “I know I am making this statement after 6pm today and some citizens may have already gone out from their homes, I ask for your understanding to please return to your homes and remain there until the lockdown is lifed at
He said from 9 am on 30th January 2022, the Honiara Emergency Zone Boundary will remain on hard lockdown until it is revoked.
“No one is allowed to leave the Honiara Emergency Zone, and no one is allowed to enter unless exempted.
He said form 9 am on 30th January 2022 new Curfew hours will be implemented between 3pm each afternoon and lifted at 9am the next morning on a daily basis until it is revoked. Only fully vaccinated people are allowed to move around freely between 9am and 3 pm each day. Businesses can open between 9am and 3pm each day.