COVID-19: Nightclubs seeking new business designation will be approved on a case-by-case basis

Patrons in a local watering hole in Suva. Picture: FT FILE

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services says it is aware that some nightclubs have sought to obtain a new business designation as taverns in the interest of re-opening their businesses.

Ministry acting permanent secretary Dr James Fong said they appreciated those nightclub owners had seen a severe impact on their bottom-line due to our health restrictions, “but the reality is these businesses represent the highest-risk environments for the potential spread of the virus”.

“Moving forward, any requests from nightclubs to seek new business designations will be approved on a case-by-case basis, with compulsory input from the Ministry of Health,” Dr Fong said.

He said their teams needed to ensure those venues could operate in a COVID-safe manner before any new designation could be considered and they could re-open their doors.

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