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: