Back to playing sports

Nakelo on the attack against Vunivaivai during the Tailevu Rugby Union club games at Ratu Cakobau Park ground two in Nausori. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that once the vaccination rates reached the 80 per cent all sports would resume. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FILE

As the people celebrate the opening of the border, goverrment has announced all sports will fully return once Fiji reaches the 80 per cent vaccination.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that once the vaccination rates reached the 80 per cent all sports would resume.

This includes team sports, like rugby, football and netball, and stadiums can re-open.

“At the eighty percent threshold, the curfew will be from 11pm to 4am and we expect all businesses will fully re-open to fully vaccinated Fijians,” he said.

“All sports including team sports can be played again, like rugby, football, netball and stadiums can re-open.”

He also stated that from the fourth of October, all workplaces, tertiary institutions, houses of worship, hotels, restaurants, cafés, cinemas, gyms, pools, tattoo parlours will be able to open at 70 per cent capacity, but only to fully-vaccinated persons.

“As part of our vaccination authentication exercise we will be rolling out a VAX-check tool that allows for real-time digital verification of vaccine status that venues can use to confirm the vaccine status of their patrons,” he said.

“When the doors of these venues open, all other COVID-safe measures must be strictly enforced.

“That means masks must be worn, two metres of physical distance should be maintained where possible, and careFIJI must be installed on everyone’s phones, with Bluetooth switched on.

“These relaxations are not for anyone to tread carelessly.

“We’re introducing new regulations that allow for spot checks on venues, businesses and houses of worship. “Those who do not respect these measures risk serious fines or being shut down.

“I repeat you will be fined heavily or shut down if you do not follow these regulations.

“Thank you to the fully vaccinated Fijians who have taken us this far, and thank you to our development partners, India, Australia, and New Zealand for making these vaccines available to us when so many places around the world are struggling with issues of vaccine accessibility.”

He added that for outdoor venues, they will allow gatherings of up to 30 people.

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