The Health Ministry says non-essential businesses outside the containment areas should close.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says the opening of these businesses are simply no longer worth the risk.
He says Lautoka and Suva are not the only areas of the country that require vigilance.
Doctor Fong says we now have too many cases of possible community transmission to say, with confidence, that the virus is limited to the containment areas.
He says nationwide, supermarkets, shops, banks, pharmacies, and other essential industries are the only businesses that should open.
Doctor Fong stresses that early society-wide prevention measures can decrease widespread transmission.
Wash your hands often, wear a mask in public, install careFIJI and keep it running every time you leave the home, and maintain physical distance at all times.
He says police have announced today they will be enforcing physical distance in public places and businesses.
If you see a crowd, don’t add to the problem. Stay away.
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