Amusement park to close temporarily
The Fia Fia Amusement Park will host their final show on Saturday and Sunday before they close temporarily due to concerns over the threat posed by coronavirus.
The park's owner Tupa'i Bruno Loyale confirmed the closure in an interview with Samoa Observer, saying he had to do it to protect the people.
"My decision to close the Fiafia Park was my own choice, no one was involved, not the Prime Minister or any Government officials. This is for the protection of our people, in fact Fiafia Park is the only park in the World that is open," he said.
Tupa'i said he is aware that there is one suspected case in Samoa which was announced Wednesday evening, and he knows that the virus has no cure due to the lack of vaccines.
"I know that a lot of people wanted to come over to Samoa and see the amusement park, because it's the only amusement park in the Pacific. But you know, I studied the situation and I thought, maybe I'll give this last two days for people to come in and enjoy themselves while we can," he added.
He says Samoa should not panic as it is not an epidemic, however, it is impossible to know how long it will last before COVID-19 becomes an epidemic in Samoa.
He also feels for his Cubans trainers who cannot go back due to some flights issues.
"I have Cubans trainers here who couldn't go back home because two hours ago, an announcement was said that Cuba has locked down and there is no other way they can get into Cuba," he added.
While the Cubans have no problem staying in Samoa, Tupa'i is considering their families backhome as there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cuba.
"I have no problem with them staying here because we will take care of them, they are also lovely people. They have been wonderful trainers, they have been teaching our locals to do unbelievable thing."
Mr Tupa'i is not sure of when his amusement park will reopen, but one thing for sure is he will open when the COVID-19 crisis is over.
He urged the public not to go to the hospital as it will add to the challenges doctors and nurses are working tirelessly to tackle.
"Prevention for this virus, is for us to stay hygienic. If anyone of my group is feeling sick, I will call the numbers given and will ask for a mobile clinic so that they can come here and do their check up rather than taking to the hospital."