Daylight Saving 2020

Daylight Saving 2020

Thursday, 22 October 2020 – As per Government of Fiji Gazette Supplement no.41 dated 08th October 2020 by the Hon. Minister for Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations, Praveen Kumar Bala, Daylight Savings 2020 will commence from 2.00am on Sunday, 20th December 2020 and end on Sunday, 17th January 2021.

Members of the Public will need to turn their clocks 1 hour forward on 20th December 2020 and back 1 hour on 17th January 2021.

Legal Notice 91: Daylight Saving Order 2020

FHTA Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

FHTA Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice  is hereby given that the 55th Annual General Meeting of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, 27th August 2020
Venue: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau
Time: 4.00 PM*

The AGM e-Report is now accessible online here. No hard copies of the report will be distributed.

*To ensure that we have a quorum on the day of the AGM and a proper attendance roll for the official AGM Minutes, we request that you complete the online registration form to confirm your attendance no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, 26th August 2020.

If you are unable to attend the AGM, either in person or through zoom, email admin@fhta.com.fj to note your apologies.

We stress that the information provided is strictly confidential and for the access and use of FHTA Members only. The sharing of this information is strictly discouraged.

FHTA Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

FHTA Notice of Annual General Meeting 2020

Notice  is hereby given that the 55th Annual General Meeting of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) will be held as follows:

Date: Thursday, 27th August 2020
Venue: Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Denarau
Time: 4.00 PM*

The AGM e-Report is now accessible online here. No hard copies of the report will be distributed.

To ensure that we have a quorum on the day of the AGM and a proper attendance roll for the official AGM Minutes, we request that you complete the online registration form to confirm your attendance no later than 4 pm on Wednesday, 26th August 2020.

We stress that the information provided is strictly confidential and for the access and use of FHTA Members only. The sharing of this information is strictly discouraged.

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FHTA Situational Update No. 22

SENT TO MEMBERS ON TUESDAY 21 APRIL 10.02AM
The FHTA Secretariat wishes to bring your attention to the following information:
1. Key Points of Government’s Announcement yesterday
  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 stands at 18
  • 3 of the 18 cases have recovered from COVID-19
  • Ban on social gatherings still stands
  • 8pm-5am National curfew still stands
Read full announcement HERE
2. Fiji Cabinet Reshuffle
Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Inia Seruiratu – Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management & Minister of Defence, National Security and Policing
Jone Usamate – Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services and Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources
Faiyaz Koya – Minister for Commerce, Trade and Tourism & Minister for Transport
Premila Kumar – Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Housing and Community Development
Dr Mahendra Reddy – Minister for Agriculture and the Minister for Waterways and Environment
3. SeaFiji Barge Services for Mamanuca Resorts
Barge/Cargo services – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Vessel departs Port Denarau at 9:30am and departs Mamanucas at 13:00pm. 1 tonne of cargo per transfer.
Contractors/essential staff transfer – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Vessel departs Port Denarau at 9:30am and departs Mamanucas at 11.00am. All passengers are to have photo identification with them at all times.
All cargo and passengers are to be booked 24 hrs  in advance to reservations@seafiji.net or 675-0611.
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If you seek further clarification, contact the FHTA Secretariat on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 21

SENT TO MEMBERS ON FRIDAY 17 APRIL 10.41AM
The FHTA Secretariat wishes to bring your attention to the following information:
1. Key Points of Government’s Announcement yesterday
  • A new case has been confirmed by the PM. Fiji now has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • State of natural disaster declared in response to COVID-19
  • Quarantine period now extended to 28 days
  • Vunicagi settlement in Vanua Levu to be under lockdown for 28 days
  • Lockdown for Soasoa will be extended for next 14 days
  • Suva lockdown has been lifted, as of 5am today
  • Fiji Muslim League settlement in Nabua is still a high-risk region and will continue to be under lockdown
  • Nationwide curfew remains in place (8pm to 5am)
  • Public gatherings are still not permitted
  • Schools will remain closed until 15 June, but this is subject to change
  • Businesses in Suva are permitted to open, except gyms, cinemas, pools and nightclubs which are to remain closed for the entire country
2. Fiji Airways Schedules Weekly Freighter Services

Fiji Airways has scheduled weekly further freighter services to/from Los Angeles, Sydney and Auckland. The freighter services will operate to Auckland on Fridays, to Los Angeles on either Friday or Saturday, and to Sydney on Mondays.
3. Maritime Travel Restrictions Outlined [REMINDER]
 
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services in consultation with relevant maritime stakeholders wishes to recommend the following on all inter-island shipping movements.
Small crafts and yachts
For small crafts that intend to travel carrying important provisions between Viti Levu and closer islands – please call Maritime Surveillance Centre (MSC) on 3315380 and notify the centre on their travel intentions. The following information must be conveyed:
  1. Name of Boat Captain;
  2. Name and Number of Crew (Max of 3);
  3. Cargo;
  4. Departure and Destination Point;
  5. MSAF Issued Boat Number; and
  6. Phone Contact.
For further clarifications and queries, please do not hesitate to contact Fiji Navy on 9904618 or 7356367.
All fishing related activities
Please note that fishing for subsistence and commercial purposes will be allowed during the curfew hours, as long as fishermen leave their home ports well-before curfew hours. For any fishing related activities and clarifications, please contact Ministry of Fisheries on 9966745 or on email mere.lakeba@govnet.gov.fj.
See the full statement HERE
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If you seek further clarification, contact the FHTA Secretariat on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 20

SENT TO MEMBERS ON TUESDAY 14 APRIL 3.15 PM
On Sunday 12th April 2020 upon the advice of the Emergency Committee, the government has declared a State of Natural Disaster for the following areas:

1. Eastern Division ( Kadavu and Southern Lau)
2. Central Division: Tailevu North, Korovou, Nausori, Nakasi, Beqa and Yanuca
3. Western Division: District of Nadarivatu, Vatulele, the Mamanuca Group, the Yasawa Group, coastal communities in the Coral Coast and along the Sigatoka River in the Nadroga/ Navosa Province.
This is to exercise the powers conferred on the Cabinet by section 17 of the Natural Disaster Management Act 1998.
The State of National Disaster will be in effect for the next 30 days.
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, BUT we will be on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 19

SENT TO MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL 10.31AM
Special Weather Bulletin No 13 for Fiji on Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold issued from RSMC Nadi at 9:09am on Wednesday the 8th of April 2020
 
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING
A hurricane warning remains in force for southern parts of Viti Levu [from Momi through to Coral Coast to Pacific Harbour], Beqa,Vatulele, Kadavu, Matuku, Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau.
A storm warning remains in force for the rest of Viti Levu, Lomaiviti, Moala, Totoya, Vanuavatu and the rest of southern LauGroup.
A gale warning remains in force for the Yasawa and Mamanuca group, for the rest of the Lau group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller Islands.
A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of Fiji.
A damaging heavy swell warning remains in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca group, western and southern coast of Viti Levu, Vatulele, Beqa, Kadavu, yasayasa Moala, Lomaiviti and southern Lau group.
A heavy rain warning remains in force for the Fiji group.
A flash flood warning remains in force for low lying areas and small streams within the Rakiraki catchment and is now in force for the rest of the low-lying areas and small streams within catchments inFiji.
Severe tropical cyclone Harold centre 950hpa category 4 was located near 18.2 south 175.8 east or about 180 kilometres west-southwest of Nadi or about 270 kilometres west-northwest of Kadavu at 6.00am today.
Close to its centre the cyclone is estimated to have average winds upto 185 km/hr with momentary gusts to 260 km/hr. The cyclone is currently moving east-southeast at about 30 km/hr.
On this track, the cyclone centre is expected to be located about 170 Kilometres east-southeast of Kadavu or 200km west-northwest of Ono-I-Lau at 6pm today and about 330 kilometres east-southeast of Ono-I-Lau at 6am tomorrow.
Destructive and damaging winds are likely to begin a few or several hours before the cyclone centre passes nearby.
For the southern parts of Viti Levu [from Momi through to Coral Coast to Pacific Harbour], Kadavu, Beqa, Vatulele, Matuku, Vatoa andOno-i-Lau: Very destructive hurricane force winds with speeds up to 170 km/hr and momentary gusts to 240 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms. Damaging heavy swells with sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm surge heights upt o 2 meters expected along the coasts when centre passes nearby.
For the rest of Viti Levu, Moala, Totoya, Vanuavatu, Lomaiviti andthe rest of southern Lau group: Destructive storm force winds with speeds up to 110 km/hr and momentary gusts to 155 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times with squally thunderstorms. Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding of low-lying areas. Damaging heavy swells with sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas expected during high tides, with storm surge heights up to 2 metres expected along the coasts when centre passes nearby.
For Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Lakeba, Cicia and the rest of the LauGroup, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands: Damaging gale force winds with average speeds up to 85 km/hr and Momentary gusts to 120 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times and Squally thunderstorms. Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding of low-lying areas. Sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas expected during high tides.
For the rest of Fiji: Strong winds with average wind speeds of 55km/hr with momentary gusts to 80km/hr from tomorrow. Periods of rain, heavy at times and Squally thunderstorms.
Localised heavy rain may lead to flash flooding of low-lying areas.
The following information is provided especially for the mariners:
For southwest Viti Levu, Kadavu passage, southern Koro sea and southern Lau waters:Very destructive hurricane force winds up to 90 knots gusting to 125 Knots. Phenomenal seas. Damaging heavy swells of more than 4 meters expected.
For Yasawa and Mamanuca waters, northern Lau waters, northern Koro Sea and Vatu-i-Ra passage: Damaging gale force of up to 45 knots with gusts to 60 knots. High Seas. Damaging heavy swells expected.
For northern Vanua Levu waters: Northerly winds 20 to 30 knots gusting to 45 knots. Rough to very rough seas.
The next special weather bulletin on severe tropical cyclone Harold will be issued around 12:00pm today or earlier.
THE EMERGENCY CONTACTS ARE 915 FOR NDMO OR 1539 FOR MARITIME EMERGENCY.
For more details, please refer to the latest Special Weather bulletin for the Fiji group on

https://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/20021.txt

For live radar, refer to the link below for precipitation and Harold’s movement:
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, BUT we will be on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 18

SENT TO MEMBERS ON TUESDAY 7 APRIL 7.51PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following information:

1. TC Harold Tracking South Eastwards, Closer to the Fiji Group

In the past 6 hours it has become apparent that there have been further adjustments to the forecast track of TC Harold. The most recent forecast has pushed the track further northward bringing the centre closer to Viti Levu and nearer to the larger population centres in the west and south of Fiji as it makes its closest approach to Fiji during the day tomorrow (Wednesday).
The latest special weather bulletin has now pushed Kadavu and Ono i Lau into the expected zone of very destructive hurricane force winds. Damaging gale and storm force winds are expected over all of Viti Levu, the Mamanuca and Yasawa groups, Lomaiviti, central and southern Lau, and nearby smaller islands.
It must be stressed that the current forecasts continue to indicate that the cyclone will not make landfall over any of the islands of Fiji, but this may change yet and you should stay alert to the risk of landfall increasing if further changes to the track of the cyclone are observed. At this time the timing of the closest approach to Fiji is expected to be around 3pm tomorrow when the cyclone will be about 180 km south of Nadi and 70km west of Kadavu.
At that time TC Harold is forecast to be a strong category 4 tropical cyclone with winds gusting to 220 kph or about 120 knots. Wind intensities for specific locations are contained within the warning. You should refer to that for the specific of your location.
Rainfall will increase tonight and will be heavy for long periods over the next 24 to 36 hours. Widespread flooding is expected, especially over the larger islands. Fortunately the timing of the closest approach will occur just after low tide, helping to minimize the sea flooding due to storm surges, however high tide tomorrow morning around 7 to 8 am may see some significant river flooding about the Nadi River especially.
Remember to make sure that if you are seeking shelter or undertaking preparations you are expected to maintain the COVID-19 isolation and hygiene standards to the best that you can, and follow all instructions from relevant authorities. DO NOT SWIM IN FLOOD WATERS! (Na Draki Weather)
For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.
For a full list of evacuation centres in the Eastern & Western Division, click HERE.
To read the full weather advisory, click HERE
2. New Case of COVID-19
Government announced today of one new confirmed case of COVID-19, which brings Fiji’s total to 15.
3. Cessation of Lautoka Lockdown
At 0500hrs this morning, the cordon around the greater Lautoka area has been lifted. The neighbourhood of Kashmir, which was earmarked to remain on lockdown, has been given the all-clear after the negative COVID-19 test of the suspected case from yesterday. Only Suva City and Soasoa, Labasa are under lockdown.
4. Aircraft Movements
Fiji Airways will undertake several freight, charter and passenger evacuation flights today. Evacuation flights will be operated to Sydney and Los Angeles. A charter service will also operate to Brisbane, while a freighter service on a Fiji Airways A330-200 will operate to Auckland.
The airline also positioned its other A330 aircraft in Brisbane and Sydney due to the appro ach of Tropical Cyclone Harold. Aircraft will return to Fiji once the cyclone threat has passed. Two Fiji Airways’ B737 aircraft, along with the entire Fiji Link fleet, are securely stored at the airline’s Hangar facilities in Nadi.
5. Donations to Community Isolation Facilities
FHTA and Ministry of Health & Medical Services wishes to sincerely thank the following properties for donating items to assist in the setting up of community isolation facilities around the country: Nila Beach Resort; Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts; Laucala Private Island; Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa; and Holiday Inn Suva.
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, BUT we will be on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 17

SENT TO MEMBERS ON MONDAY 6 APRIL 7.57PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following information:

1. Be Prepared for TC Harold

Severe tropical cyclone Harold currently affecting Vanuatu. Thereafter, it is expected to move south-eastwards and pass “just” to the west of Fiji by mid-week.
Take the necessary steps to ensure that homes and properties are well secured. Ensure that your compounds are cleared of all debris that could harm individuals and damage properties in the event of strong winds. For those who live along low-lying flood prone areas, please be aware of your escape routes in the event of rising flood waters.
For more details and the latest on weather, please contact the National Weather Forecasting Centre on 6736006, 9905376 or visit the Fiji Meteorological Service’s website, www.met.gov.fj.
To read the full weather advisory, click HERE
1. Marine Notice 8/2020
All Ship Masters, Ship Owners & Ship Agents for foreign & local ships, Pilots, Port Management Companies/Operators, Marinas and Yacht Clubs are advised of the approaching Tropical Cyclone Harold.
All stakeholders are required to take necessary precautionary measures to keep your ships/boats safe. Any action taken must not pose undue risk to other ships within the sheltering area.
All Masters are advised to take early action and preventative measures based on good professional decision making combined with observance of good seamanship practice to ensure the ship under their command is made safe.
Masters must listen to all marine weather bulletins and updates issued from the Fiji Meteorological Office (www .met.gov.fj) and transmitted through Suva Coast Radio Station (3DP) and the local radio stations.
2. New COVID-19 cases and cessation of Lautoka lockdown
Government has announced that there are two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing our total to 14.
There is also a suspected case within the confined area of Lautoka. Due to the nature of this suspected case there will be a continued lockdown of only a particular neighbourhood in Lautoka while the cordon over the broader Lautoka area will be lifted at 0500hrs tomorrow, after 18 days in isolation.
More information on the smaller isolated area of Lautoka will be released tomorrow.
3. Requested Bank Statements for FNPF Assistance
FNPF has advised that if you or your staff do not have access to your bank for bank statements, you can just provide your bank details in your application form for COVID-19 Assistance from the FNPF.
4. Extensions to Work Permits
As per FHTA Situational Update No 9 (sent 31.03.20), Government announced the automatic three-month extension of all work permits in Fiji.
The Department of Immigration has advised that while all work permits will be extended, you are still expected to apply for an extension through the process of normal applications process.
If your work permit requires this extension – FHTA will provide you an endorsement letter and you may then forward this with your relevant documents and application to deepak.karan@immi.gov.fj  AND yogendra.kumar@immi.gov.fj 

Members are advised to check with and advise FHTA if you do not get a response from the Department of Immigration in a timely manner.

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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, BUT we will be on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 16

SENT TO MEMBERS ON MONDAY 6 APRIL 1.07PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following information:

1. TC Harold is now Category 5

Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold has now intensified into a Category 5 system. Cat-5 Cyclones have average winds greater than 107 knots (198km/hr) with a central pressure less than 910 hPa.
While it is more likely than not that the centre of the cyclone will not make landfall over Fiji, the western and southern parts of Viti Levu, the Mamanucas and Yasawas, and offshore islands of Vatulele, Kadavu, Yanuca, Beqa and also southern Lau may experience gales and periods of heavy rain from Wednesday morning.
You should be prepared for a significant tropical cyclone event over Fiji this coming week.
2.  Businesses allowed to operate within lockdown areas
Secondary support services, listed below, will be allowed to operate from today Monday 6th April 2020.
As per Government’s announcement, members be advised that:
  1. The following sectors (non-essential secondary support services) will be allowed to operate and function from Monday 6th April 2020 notwithstanding any significant medical changes that may take place.
  2. These are applicable to Suva and Lautoka locked down areas.
  3. Employees must come from within the confined locked down areas
The businesses are to adhere to the required health practices and maintain social/physical distancing practices (at least 2 metres apart). The businesses are to ensure that staff are regularly washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizers. Businesses have also committed to take necessary proactive measures in terms disinfecting the workplace and if anyone becomes unwell at the workplace, to visit fever clinics.
2. a. Industries to be considered for operations in the lockdown areas – this is subject to any changes to the COVID-19 situation in Fiji:
 
Industries
Support Industries to the Food Manufacturing Sector
These are industries that supply packaging material, labels and pellet wrappings.
Textile, Clothing and Footwear
To complete current orders and position for new orders.
Container, Cartage, Supply and Logistics
Support services for fuel industries
For support services and laying of pipelines.
IT suppliers – support and equipment
Supporting connectivity for essential industries.
Gas Suppliers to other industries
Only for supplies to Supermarkets, factories and apartments.
Locksmith, Plumbing Services, Electrical Services, Air-conditioning Services
Only for on-call services and not opening of retail outlets.
Beverages
For export and domestic supply
Manufacturing
Such as, cigarettes, building materials and furniture
Construction Industry
Professional Services related to the Construction Industry
Engineers, Architects, Surveyors
Insurance Service Providers
Fiji Public Trustee Corporation (Pte) Limited
Fertiliser and Feed manufacturers
Poultry industry
Hardware Suppliers
Tyre and Vehicle spare parts Suppliers
Hotels
Provided strict quarantine rules are adhered to.
Funeral Services, Hearse, crematorium services
Protocols for normal shift who will be allowed to open from today:
All businesses will need to ensure that all staff who are required to work carries an authorization letter from the employer and have an ID card.
The staff will need to have:
  • Company Photo ID cards, in the absence of company ID, the staff will need to carry a valid National photo ID, such as Voter ID, Joint ID or Driver’s License;
  • Letter on company letterhead issued to staff that they are required to work
  • National Contact Centre telephone contact (where applicable) to verify the claims of the staff. Where there is no contact centre, a contact officer should be identified and contact details provided.
  • In the event that the Police stops a vehicle or your employee, the authorization letter will be presented.
a. Social distancing to be strictly followed
  • The Government continues to stress the importance of social distancing and work sites is no exception.  For non-essential businesses, the social distance must be strictly followed.  ONLY 20 employees must be in section area at any one time and within a distance of at least 2 meters.
b. Ensure that a clean environment is maintained, and to do sanitization throughout operations.
Protocols for businesses during nation-wide curfew hours
  • The same protocols must be followed, all businesses will need to ensure all staff who are required to work during curfew hours carry the following:
  • Company Photo ID cards, in the absence of company ID, the staff will need to carry a valid National photo ID, such as Voter ID, Joint ID or Driver’s License;
  • Letter on company letterhead issued to staff that they are required to work during that specific time; and
  • National Contact Centre telephone contact (where applicable) to verify the claims of the staff. Where there is no contact centre, a contact officer should be identified and contact details provided.
  • The letter is to be forwarded to Payal Chand, Senior Economic Planning Officer, payle.chand@govnet.gov.fj or phone: 9200 779

2.b. Request for movement across the border to the outside areas of the lockdown area.

All truck crossing the borders will need to adhere to the prescribed sanitization requirements. These include, the driver of the vehicle to be swapped at the border, after they have completed the proper sanitization process. The vehicle needs to be thoroughly sanitized.
In the event of a specialized vehicle, such as, fuel tankers, garbage disposal and construction vehicle, to name a few, that can only be driven by a qualified driver. The driver of the vehicle should not get off the cab, the vehicle will need to be sanitized at the border. The driver will drive the vehicle directly to the site and offloading will be conducted without the driver getting of the vehicle.
Industries
Food Manufacturers waste dumping
Trucks permitted to cross lockdown border to dump waste at the main dump sites in the Central and Western Divisions
Warehouse and Manufacturers
Trucks permitted to cross border to access warehouse and manufacturing outside of lockdown area.   In order for them to access essential products, such as baby food, infant formula, disinfectant, toilet tissues, hand sanitiser, tinned fish, noodles, to name a few.
Packaging Providers
Trucks permitted to cross border at supply packaging material to food manufacturing industry.
Poultry industries
Trucks permitted to cross border to access farms and also to supply to areas outside lockdown area.
Container and Logistics Movement
Trucks permitted to cross border to take containers to be transferred from port to areas outside of lockdown area
Transportation of Containers to Jetty
Trucks permitted to cross border to go to port outside of lockdown area to supply essential and food items to Vanua Levu and outer islands
These measures are in place to enable businesses to continue without any disruptions.
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, so we will only be available on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 15

SENT TO MEMBERS ON SUNDAY 5 APRIL 4.20PM
embers are requested to be aware of the following information:

1. Tropical Cyclone Poses a Threat to Fiji

Category 4 Tropical Cyclone is expected to pass over Northern and Central Vanuatu today. During the coming week there will be increasing threats to Fiji and also southern Tonga.
At this time it is expected that Fiji will start to see initial impacts from tomorrow night as rain increases over the western, central and northern divisions initially, then the eastern division from Tuesday morning.
Damaging gale force winds gusting to 85 kph are expected over Viti Levu from Wednesday morning, while the southern Mamanucas, southwestern Viti Levu, Vatulele and Kadavu may experience destructive storm force winds later Wednesday.
You should continue to listen closely to directives from relevant authorities as regards the likely impacts of TC Harold and how these may affect procedures and regulations in place for COVID-19.
Ensure you have basic items such as water, tinned or non perishable food, and access to a radio.
 
2.  New cases of COVID-19 and ban on social gatherings
Government has yesterday confirmed five new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country’s total to 12 confirmed cases. A nationwide curfew remains in force from 8pm to 5am daily and everyone is strongly advised to comply with this national directive.
There is also a ban on all social gatherings.  FHTA advises members to stay indoors and to not entertain visitors over to their homes.
Be reminded that there is a minimum 14 day lockdown on greater Suva area. This means there will be no entry and exit at Sawani Junction, Delainavesi and Nausori Bridge.
At the earliest, the Suva Lockdown is estimated to end on Friday 17 April and the Lautoka Lockdown is scheduled to end on Tuesday 7 April.
3. Freight Services to the Outer Islands
For those interested in organising a freight service to get food and fuel supplies to the islands – Kaiviti Shipping have a customized barge  with up to 120 tonne loading capacity with shallow 1.8m draft that is operated out of Denarau & Fantasy Marinas. You can contact Matthew Alford on Ph: 727 8425 or email matt@kvshipping.com
Other freight operators who have similar services that can operate during the current limited services available, can also inform FHTA of  your operational availability so this information can be shared to our members.
4. Mandatory Quarantine Measure
All passengers on flights arriving from any overseas port will be subject to a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days.
5. USA Repatriation
Fiji Airways operated a private charter flight for a group to Salt Lake City, departing Nadi last night. The aircraft will return via Los Angeles with freight only.
Fiji Airways continues to work through the logistics and approvals required for evacuation flights to/from the United States as well as other countries to allow citizens to return home.
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, so we will only be available on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 14

SENT TO MEMBERS ON FRIDAY 3 APRIL 3.34PM
EMPLOYER ADVICE FOR FNPF’S COVID-19 UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Employers are requested to provide the following information to FNPF’s email address: empcovid19@fnpf.com.fj
  • Registered Business/Employer name
  • Trading name (if different from registered business name)
  • Employer (FNPF) Reference number
This will allow FNPF to confirm:
  • That you have been making FNPF payments
  • your records for the last 3 months
  • your number of employees
  • your last salary paid
  • and employees no longer on your payroll
FHTA is also providing our membership list with verified contact details to FNPF to assist in the identification of your business as a bonafide tourism operator, in the hope that this will hasten the process for you and your staff.
 
Your staff are entitled to COVID-19 unemployment assistance which includes employees under reduced working hours; been sent on leave without pay; reduced wage rate; or permanently laid off.
 
You must assist employees with completing the forms and gather the following requirements:
  • one of the approved photo ID (TIN Card, Voter registration Card, Passport Page with photo ID and Drivers License);
  • valid bank statement;
  • registered SIM under employee if opting for M-PAISA payment option.
If employees are unable to collect the forms from you in person you can either disseminate the relevant forms by email or they can access the forms in the following ways:
  • in person collection from a Post Office or District Officer
  • download the form from the FNPF website
When your staff have filled in the forms and provided the requirements, they must be able to send it to you via:
  • Scanning the documents and emailing to you; or
  • Taking a photo of the documents and sending the images to you via Viber, Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp; or
  • Dropping the documents in person with you
For more details on how to fill forms (Employers & Employees) – click HERE
You are then to upload the completed documents through the employer portal HERE
Suva members, please note the same arrangement implemented for the Lautoka COVID-19 lockdown zone now applied to FNPF working members in the Suva-Nausori corridor. The Fund will publicise the list of companies for these newly identified areas from early next week.
And forms will be uploaded on the Fund’s website www.myfnpf.com.fj  and also made available at the Fiji Post Office and district offices.
For members who are presently unemployed, they can apply through the Fund’s normal Unemployment Assistance, which will require them to submit their application within six months from being terminated or laid off.
FHTA recommends that Employers do all possible to assist employees – both current and past – to access their FNPF and assist them with their eligibility. These guidelines are provided to assist Employers  to do this.  FNPF have noted their preference to conduct all assessments electronically through the portals they have made available now. If this is not possible for any reason, then please call or visit your nearest FNPF Office.
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, so we will only be available on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 13

SENT TO MEMBERS ON FRIDAY 3 APRIL 3.05PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following information:

1.  New cases of COVID-19 and Suva lockdown

Government has now confirmed Fiji’s 6th and 7th case of COVID-19 who are residents of Suva.
Due to this, there has been an implementation of a 14 day lockdown on greater Suva area. This means there will be no entry and exit at the following checkpoints, starting from this morning:
  • the Delanavesi Bridge on the Queen’s Road,
  • the Sawani Junction, and
  • the Nausori Bridge.
Within the greater Suva confined area:
  • The greater public will not be allowed in or out — only those traveling for medical purposes will be allowed through checkpoints.
  • All non-essential businesses will be closed.
  • Banks, pharmacies, restaurants, supermarkets, shop and FNPF  will remain open as well as hotels that still have guests in-house (guests should be advised not to leave the hotel unless absolutely necessary).
Like in Lautoka, essential business will remain open and this includes;
  • air and rescue services,
  • air traffic control services,
  • civil aviation,
  • telecommunication services,
  • food and sanitary manufacturing plants,
  • electricity services,
  • emergency services,
  • fire services,
  • health and hospital services,
  • lighthouse services,
  • meteorological services,
  • mine pumping,
  • ventilation and winding,
  • sanitary services,
  • supply and distribution of fuel and gas,
  • power,
  • telecommunications,
  • garbage collection,
  • transport services,
  • water and sewage services,
  • FNPF and FRCS,
  • civil service,
  • private security services and
  • roading services.
If your business is not on this list, you are not permitted to open.
For fresh fruits and vegetables, markets will be open but will be decentralized into satellite markets to prevent overcrowding.
The port of Suva will remain open for international freight shipping and inter-island cargo shipping; any passenger travel, however, remains forbidden; and
From tonight, the nationwide curfew will start at 8pm and end at 5am.
From today, ALL social gatherings are prohibited.
2. What this means for Suva accommodation (hotels, motels)  providers?
You are permitted to operate as normal. However, your guests must be advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary movement in public. Like the rest of Suva, they are allowed to go to the supermarkets or market to buy food and essentials but they must return to the hotel straight after.
3. New Lautoka lockdown information
For Lautoka confined area, the lockdown ends at 5am on Tuesday, the 7th of April, however restaurants are permitted to operate and entry into Lautoka is open for those who seek emergency medical care of kidney dialysis.
4. Fiji Link flights between Nadi-Suva suspended
Fiji Link, Fiji Airways’ domestic subsidiary, has today suspended all flights between Nadi and Suva, due to the Suva lockdown of the Capital announced by the Fijian Government.
As with other flight suspensions, impacted customers can be assured that their bookings are safe.
Additionally, Fiji Airways Sales Offices in Suva and Nadi Airport have closed in light of the present situation.
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The FHTA Secretariat is now working remotely due to the Suva City lockdown, so we will only be available on email info@fhta.com.fj or the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 12

SENT TO MEMBERS ON THURSDAY 2 APRIL 11.23AM
Members are requested to be aware of the following advisories:

1.  Cessation of Lautoka lockdown

The Lautoka confined area will remain locked down at least until 5am Tuesday, April 7 2020.
2. Lautoka Port reopens
Lautoka Port has been reopened for international shipping, including exports and imports. Government will continue to allow steady flows of essential food, goods and services to come into and out of Lautoka in a controlled and hygienic fashion.
3. Fiji Airways to Operate First Freighter Service
Fiji Airways will operate its first freighter flight this Sunday between Nadi and Sydney. Fiji Airways’ Airbus A350-900WXB aircraft will carry 41 tonnes of fresh produce across to Sydney.
On the return sector, the airline will assist the Fijian Ministry of Health by bringing back 11.1 tonnes of medical equipment from Sydney. The medical equipment, donated by UNICEF, consists of temperature screening tents which will be vital in the fight against COVID-19.
Importers and businesses, especially those wishing to bring in essential supplies to Fiji from Sydney this Sunday can contact their Freight Forwarders for bookings.
4. Change to FNPF’s Unemployment Assistance Policy
Inform your staff that effective 1 April 2020, the FNPF’s Unemployment Assistance policy has been revised as follows:
  • Revised amount from $2,000 to $1,000
  • Waiver of the 24 months contribution (2 years employment) requirement to qualify for a repeat withdrawal
All applications for Unemployment Assistance received from today (this is separate from the COVID-19 assistance) will be processed under the revised policy.
5. Vodafone COVID-19 Relief Package
Vodafone Fiji has announced V-CARE – a multi-faceted relief package to assist its customers cope with this global pandemic. The specifics of the V-CARE package include:
For Business Customers
  • Vodafone will provide 30% free additional data across the board on all postpaid broadband and mobile internet connections for the next 3 months.
  • Vodafone will extend the due date for payments of all monthly postpaid accounts from 30 to 90 days, allowing businesses more time to focus on other immediate needs of the business.
  • Vodafone will temporarily suspend excess to requirement mobile connections and services, as a result of slowdown in business operations for up to 3 months, without attracting any additional fees and charges.
  • Vodafone will waive the downgrade and disconnection fees and charges for the next 3 months.
  • Vodafone will put in place special arrangements for customers most affected in the SME, Tourism, Hospitality and Airline industries to work on a case by case basis to provide additional support.

For more information, visit www.vodafone.com.fj/V-Care.

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If you are not sure or simply want to check procedures or information, email us on info@fhta.com.fj or on the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 11

SENT TO MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 1.24PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following advisory:

1. FNPF Employer Instructions

In response to members challenges in dealing with Fiji National Provident Fund, FHTA has been in contact with FNPF and provide for your information as follows:
This is for employees entitled to COVID-19 unemployment assistance; which includes employees under reduced working hours, reduced pay, job loss or leave without pay.
Employers are requested to provide the following information to this email address:
  • Registered Business/Employer name
  • Trading name (if different from registered business name)
  • Employer (FNPF) Reference number MOST IMPORTANT FOR TRACKING PURPOSES
This will allow FNPF to confirm:
  • That you have been making FNPF payments
  • your records for the last 3 months
  • your number of employees
  • your last salary paid
  • and employees no longer on your payroll
FHTA is providing our member details to FNPF to assist in the identification of your business as a bonafide tourism operator, for what we hope will hasten the process for you and your staff.
Due to the unprecedented nature and scale of the current situation around unemployment assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis, FNPF is receiving extremely high call volumes and requests that visitors and callers remain calm and patient when seeking assistance.
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If you are not sure or simply want to check procedures or information, email us on info@fhta.com.fj or on the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 10

SENT TO MEMBERS ON WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 9.57AM
Members are requested to be aware of the following advisories:

1.  Maritime Travel Restrictions Outlined

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services in consultation with relevant maritime stakeholders wishes to recommend the following on all inter-island shipping movements.
Small crafts and yachts
For small crafts that intend to travel carrying important provisions between Viti Levu and closer islands – please call Maritime Surveillance Centre (MSC) on 3315380 and notify the centre on their travel intentions. The following information must be conveyed:
  1. Name of Boat Captain;
  2. Name and Number of Crew (Max of 3);
  3. Cargo;
  4. Departure and Destination Point;
  5. MSAF Issued Boat Number; and
  6. Phone Contact.
For further clarifications and queries, please do not hesitate to contact Fiji Navy on 9904618 or 7356367.
All fishing related activities
Please note that fishing for subsistence and commercial purposes will be allowed during the curfew hours, as long as fishermen leave their home ports well-before curfew hours.
For any fishing related activities and clarifications, please contact Ministry of Fisheries on 9966745 or on email mere.lakeba@govnet.gov.fj.
See the full statement HERE
2. Request for Assistance – Used Bed Linen
In a proactive move, the Ministry of Health & Medical Services is setting up more isolation centres around the country in the event of a spike in numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fiji.
Therefore, in order for MoH&MS to achieve their goal of well-equipped isolation centres, FHTA calls for donations from members, on the Ministry’s behalf, of used but clean bed linen, such as bed-sheets and pillow cases and mattresses.
Contact the FHTA Secretariat below if you are willing and able to make a donation. Any assistance from the industry will be highly appreciated.
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If you are not sure or simply want to check procedures or information, email us on info@fhta.com.fj or on the contact details below:

FHTA Situational Update No. 9

SENT TO MEMBERS ON TUESDAY 31 MARCH 6.53PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following advisories:

1.  Automatic Renewal of Work Permits

Per Fiji Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Sunday 29 March 2020, every existing work permit in Fiji will be automatically extended for the next three months. This is in the interest of convenience and due to travel restrictions.
Once the Permanent Secretary for Immigration issues more details regarding this, we will forward this pertinent information to you.

2.  Moving Around During Curfew

For all staff that need to travel to and from home during curfew hours, please ensure that the following is adhered to.
  1. For staff travelling in company transport:
    • The driver of the vehicle has an official letter from the company stating that he/she is the authorised transport provider
    • This letter may also state the names and id numbers of the passengers in the vehicle.
    • If the letter does not contain the list of passengers, each passenger must have an official letter from the company stating the reasons why he/she needs to travel during curfew e.g. starting shift, knocking off and returning home, etc.
  2. For staff travelling in a private vehicle:
    • They must be the driver of the vehicle and possess an official letter from the company with details of car registration number, staff name and id number, and the reason why he/she needs to travel during curfew hours
  3. All staff and contracted transport providers must carry a photo id and the details of the id must match those contained within the official letter from the company.
  4. All letters issued to staff for this purpose must also contain the contact details of an authorised person that the police may call to verify any information.
  5. Details of all staff, vehicles, id numbers, movements and scanned id cards must be sent to:
Feel free to copy the FHTA Secretariat in on any correspondence.
3.  New COVID-19 Helpline
Government has announced a new toll-free helpline – 158 – to replace the four helpline numbers which had been in us since Government’s COVID-19 response operation began.
This 24-hour helpline is now active for the duration of the COVID-19 response.
4. Request for Assistance – Used Bed Linen
In a proactive move, the Ministry of Health & Medical Services is setting up more isolation centres around the country in the event of a spike in numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Fiji.
Therefore, in order for MoH&MS to achieve their goal of well-equipped isolation centres, FHTA would like to request for donations from members, on the Ministry’s behalf, of used but clean bed linen, such as bed-sheets and pillow cases and mattresses.
Contact the FHTA Secretariat below if you are willing and able to make a donation. Any assistance from the industry will be highly appreciated.
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If you seek further clarification, do not hesitate to communicate with any of the following FHTA Secretariat contacts:

FHTA Situational Update No. 8

SENT TO MEMBERS ON MONDAY MARCH 30 AT 2.10PM
Members are requested to be aware of the following six advisories:

1.  Amendment to Tax Administration Act – Waiver of Penalty for Late Lodgement

The recently announced COVID-19 Response Budget made the following amendment to the Tax Administration Act:
  • waiver of penalty for failure to file a tax return or lodge other documents by the due date, applied for all late lodgement penalties incurred after 01 April 2020 to 31 December 2020
The amendment only applies the waiver of penalty for late lodgement however Fiji Revenue & Customs Services will consider requests for deferred payment from businesses on a case by case basis.
If your business is not in a position to pay your tax in full on the due date because of the current COVID-19 crisis and its effects, FRCS has requested that you submit a written request for deferral of payment to the FRCS Acting CEO.
This request must  include the following information:
  • outline of the conditions that your business is currently in that prevents you from paying the tax due e.g. redundancy payments for staff, severely reduced income
  • timeline for payments i.e. amount that you may be able to pay and date that you are able to pay it
All written requests for deferred payment can be sent to ceo@frcs.org.fj
2.  Expression of Interest -Flights from Nadi to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Nadi
Fiji Airways is seeking interest from customers wishing to travel between Nadi and Los Angeles. The airline is exploring the possibility of recovery flights between the two ports later this week or early next week to assist in the repatriation of citizens and residents. The recovery flight details will be confirmed if there is adequate demand for these services.
Guests can register their interest by submitting a form HERE. They will be contacted by Fiji Airways representatives for ticket price and confirmation.
Fiji Airways guests holding valid tickets for Nadi-Los Angeles or Los Angeles-Nadi flights are also able to book themselves on the recovery flight at no cost by registering their interest via the submission form. Guests holding tickets to/from other US ports like San Francisco or Honolulu may also get on these flights. Any connections to/from Los Angeles will be the guests’ own responsibility. Fiji Airways is unable to uplift transit passengers on these recovery flights.
3.  Nationwide Curfew Compliance
Please be reminded that All businesses MUST comply with the requirements mentioned below, regarding the commencement of the nationwide curfew from 10 pm tonight.
Ensure that your drivers have their photo IDs and company letter on their person at all times as they will be asked to produced these when stopped at a checkpoint.
In order for the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism (MITT)  to have updated records, to be forwarded to the relevant agencies, all businesses must submit:
(i)List of employees who would work in the curfew period;
(ii)Scanned copies of their company photo ID or the relevant ID that will be used during this period:
(iii)List of company vehicle registration numbers, private vehicle registration numbers and contracted taxis or buses registration numbers; and
(iv)National Contact Centre telephone number. Where there is no contact centre, a contact officer should be identified and contact details provided.
This is to assist businesses to be able to operate within the curfew hours.
Please only provide names of staff who will be working during the curfew time.  If the shifts are different each week, it is the responsibility of the business to identify which officers are being rostered for which week.  (Please do not provide the entire staff listing)
You can information directly to:
Kartik Pratap of Ministry of Industry Trade & Tourism (MITT)
Phone 2876407
Or send your staff listing to the FHTA Secretariat for assistance.
4.  Restricted Access to Denarau Island
Denarau Corporation Ltd has put in place restrictions on movement within the island. The gate will be closed daily from 9am – 4pm and 6pm – 6am and drivers will be required to tell the security where their intended destination is. All pickups from the island will require prior notification and you can do this by calling the following mobile numbers – 9996122 or 9994926.
Failure to comply will security instructions will result in vehicles being denied access. For any further information please email info@denarau.com.
5. List of FNPF-verified companies for COVID-19 Assistance
Below is a list of Companies that fall into the two categories of assistance that FNPF are providing in partnership with Government:
 Category 1  Companies in the tourism and hospitality industry nationwide.  COVID-19 $1000 Assistance – List of Affected Companies

 
 Category 2  Companies located  in a ‘locked down’ region, or have closed (permanently/temporarily)   due to travel and/or physical distancing restriction.  COVID-19 $500 Assistance – List of Affected Companies 

 
 
These lists are not final and are updated regularly. The COVID-19 assistance is prioritising areas of greater impact and this will be extended to other industries as and when applicable.
For clarification, please contact Pravinesh Singh 9998634 or email PavineshS@fnpf.com.fj or Suliano Ramanu 9998631 or email SulianoR@fnpf.com.fj.

If your business qualifies for assistance and can not be found on the list, please get in touch with the FHTA Secretariat and we will liaise on your behalf.

6. Request for Assistance – Used Bed Linen
FHTA, with the Ministry of Industry Trade and Tourism, would like to request for donations of used but clean bed linen from members, such as bedsheets and pillow cases and mattress, if possible.
These are to assist the Ministry of Health & Medical Services set up more isolation centres around the country.
The items could be dropped off at the MITT (Level 3, Civic Tower) or  MITT could arrange pick ups and any assistance will be highly appreciated.
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If you seek further clarification, do not hesitate to communicate with any of the following FHTA Secretariat contacts:

FHTA Situational Update No. 7

SENT TO MEMBERS ON SATURDAY MARCH 28 AT 7.26PM
Members are advised that per our previous information on inter-island resort transportation and the planned nation-wide curfew for Monday 30th March, we provide the following clarifications:
1.  Inter-island Resort Transportation 
All inter-island ferry and shipping services have ceased. You should also be considering why you still need to be out and about to protect the communities you work with and next to.
For absolutely necessary staff, freight and emergency services, any boats that intend to make trips to ports like Denarau Marina (and Lautoka & Vuda when/if the lockdown is lifted next week Friday), you must have the following:
  •  all staff must carry photo ID for where they work or their Voter ID to confirm identity
  • staff must also have a letter from the hotel or business operator noting why the staff is on board (changing shift, starting shift, is the chef, engineer, etc) and where she/he is going and coming from
  • no non-staff or non-essential staff should be carried on boats returning for fuel or freight
  • provide information BEFORE YOU MAKE THE TRIP to the Secretariat to pass on to the relevant authorities
MSAF & the Fiji Navy are tasked with maintaining inspections. Expect to be stopped and asked for an explanation and papers. 
Denarau Marina confirms they are open, but for limited services. These include a Pharmacy, Hot Bread Kitchen, fuel operators and the Marina Operations (limited services – contact Cynthia Rasch 7075650 or cynthia@denaraumarina.com).
2. Nation-wide Curfew Imposed from Mon 30th March from 10pm to 5am
Businesses not in the essential services can continue to run as best they can with the limitations on services and the curfew commencement by reviewing their operational practices and night shift work as best they can. NO PASSES ARE BEING PROVIDED. These have been abused in the past.
If your staff have to change during the curfew period, please ensure the following:
  •  all staff must carry photo ID for where they work or their Voter ID to confirm identity
  • staff must also have a letter from the hotel or business operator noting why the staff is out after curfew hours (changing shift, starting shift, is the chef, engineer, what the emergency is, etc) and where she/he is going and coming from
  • please provide the number plates for any company vehicle that are used to transfer staff with a copy of your usual shift changes (times and number of staff, names of staff if known ahead) to the FHTA Secretariat. Staff lists can be provided weekly.
  • Lists need to be provided to the FHTA Secretariat to pass on to the Police who will be manning checkpoints at various locations.
  •  any private vehicles used during curfew hours should also be provided along with drivers names
  • if staff usually get dropped off by family – consider formal company transport or a contracted service for pick up during this time.
  •  Security services should have their own reminders from their firms to carry ID, license letters and employer confirmation of duty requirement for that period.
3. Feedback to the Ministry of Tourism via their portal – a reminder to check this out and contribute by providing them with recommendations and letting them know your unique challenges.
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism have set up a page specifically for businesses to be updated on new policies and new information nationally and globally regarding COVID-19. The platform is accessed HERE. On the portal, businesses can:
  • Submit information on challenges facing current overseas suppliers, the ministry will seek alternative suppliers
  • Update Plans on laying off employees or if laying off has happened – please enter these details on the portal.
  • Access Information/feedback where you need assistance.
Please reduce the need for unnecessary complications with Police. Avoid unnecessary confrontations with security personnel (Police, Military, Navy). They are doing this to protect us, our businesses and our properties.
Please keep in mind that the less movement we are all involved with, the better our isolation and containment efforts will be and the faster we move our country and our industry back to business as normal. Take the warnings, advice and curfew imposement seriously. Pass information on to your staff and the communities you interact with.
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If you seek further clarification, do not hesitate to communicate with any of the following FHTA Secretariat contacts: