Savai'i embraces emergency orders

No one has been charged or fined in Savai'i for breaching the Government-enforced state of emergency (S.O.E.) orders in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

A senior Police official in Savai'i told the Samoa Observer that all the organisations, churches and villages on the islands are following the orders. 

"Police have been on top of everything by going around the island to make sure that people stay at home," he said. 

"The first Sunday after the S.O.E came effective for our country was hard as there were churches who did not comply with the orders. 

"Therefore, we issued warning letters and reminded them that we have to obey orders from the government. Everything got so smooth after that first Sunday."

The senior Police officer said there have been no traffic incidents since the orders of S.O.E were effective. 

"With bars closed and the lockdown, Savai'i has been peaceful and no traffic accidents so far, which is great for everyone," he said. 

"But that doesn't mean we (police) are going to rest, we will continue to be on top of everything.

The amended state of emergency order prohibits inter-island ferries and Police in Savai'i are making sure that the public is following the order. 

"We only allow deliveries to travel cross-island to supply food for the shops in Savaii. Our Police and people working at the wharf are always there at Salelologa to make sure that no one else is traveling aside from the drivers of the trucks," he said. 

The senior official also used the opportunity to remind people to "stay at home."

"Many hands make light work," he said. 

"If we all work together, we can help save lives. Please, stay at home, we don't want to charge anyone or fine anyone for not following the orders.

"But we don't have to charge or fine anyone if we all work together, simply by staying at home."

Some villages in Savai'i have carried out inspections to make sure that each family has good hygiene and is cleaning inside and outside of their houses. 

Some villages have encouraged untitled men to work the land and have plantation inspections to provide food for families.

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