Fiji’s Prime Minister announced on 15 May 2020, an extension of the country’s restrictions in respect of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Measures prohibiting group gatherings, keeping borders closed to non-Fijians, continuing curfews, quarantine, steps to implement contact tracing, and other hygiene and social distancing measures, are aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Fiji. Also, the minister of economy has announced a second round of COVID-19 unemployment benefits to be paid out, in partnership with Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF).
Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced on 15 May 2020, an extension of the country’s restrictions in respect of the global COVID-19 pandemic.1
In this GMS Flash Alert we provide the main highlights of the measures.
Measures prohibiting group gatherings, keeping borders closed to non-Fijians, continuing curfews, quarantine, steps to implement contact tracing, and other hygiene and social distancing measures, are aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Fiji.
This extended restrictions will potentially bring additional stress for Fiji’s society and economy.
For organisations with globally-mobile employees, their options remain limited for a return to normal cross-border working arrangements. Indeed, until such time as the government decides it is safe to rescind or more significantly roll-back current restrictions, extensive remote working is a “best practice” for globally-mobile employees – apart from “essential workers” – to the extent possible, and is a way for employers to foster the safety of their employees and help ensure business continuity.
1 See the prime minister’s 15 May address at: http://www.pmoffice.gov.fj/prime-minister-hon-josaia-voreqe-bainimaramas-statement-on-covid-19-15-05-2020/.
This article is excerpted, with permission, from “COVID-19 Pandemic,” in Flash Report (19 May 2020, Issue 14), a publication of the KPMG International member firm in Fiji.
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