SODELPA Leader, Viliame Gavoka says pubs and nightclubs could become the super spreader outlets for a possible COVID-19 third wave in Fiji.
Gavoka is calling on the Government to tread carefully on the opening of pubs and nightclubs at this juncture in our recovery from COVID-19.
He says although the COVID-19 infection rate has reduced to a containable level, the virus is still deadly; mostly to the non-vaccinated and to some extent, to those fully vaccinated. SODELPA reminds the Government that alcohol impairs judgement and adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines and protocols under the influence can be very difficult.
He says such outcomes can be catastrophic to the tourism industry that is enjoying very healthy forward bookings now that the borders are opened, and, also affect the return on investment from Fiji Airways that holds half a billion dollars in Government guarantees.
Gavoka reiterates the need to protect the tourism industry.
He says lately the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong have experienced an upsurge in local transmissions when they opened their nightclubs and entertainment, causing serious concern.
SODELPA urges the Government to seriously consider limiting public entertainment where alcohol is consumed, for the preservation of our fragile tourism industry and the job security of many who will be affected in any domestic surge of COVID-19.
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