P.M. clarifies sports ban, bingo only on Saturday

By Soli Wilson 10 May 2020, 8:00AM

Contact sports and activities prohibited during the state of emergency have been specified under amended orders issued to clarify public confusion.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, said a simple rule of thumb is that unless an activity is expressly specified as prohibited in the amended orders, then it is permitted.

According to amended orders on Friday: “All sports are now permitted except rugby, soccer, boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo.”

Meaning every other sport which is not included in that list is allowed, with the condition that no sports or gaming activities shall be done on Sundays.

And a social distance of two meters shall be adhered to at all times, Tuilaepa reminded.

Also specified in the amended orders, Bingo has been restricted to only Saturday and they cannot be held after 5pm.

Tuilaepa offered his sympathies with those affected by these changes, highlighting that “it is just for now.”

On the other hand, casinos are permitted to open every day, except for Sundays.

Each will be required to observe social distancing rules limiting distances between people to a minimum of two metres

The amended orders were decided in a special Cabinet meeting on Friday.

The Prime Minister said sporting and gaming activities have been one of the reasons why he has not been able to sleep well at night, due to calls and visitations from people wanting clarification on the matter.

He also reminded that there should be no street vending of any kind on the side of the roads or on footpaths in town.

Roads in town which have been prohibited from street vending are specified as “beginning from Mulinuu to Fugalei, Taufusi, Motootua, Matautu Tai and Savalalo.”

Street vending at any roads and areas other than those specified are permitted.

“The essence is to ensure they are not in the way of the people of Samoa who are walking out and about their business,” Tuilaepa said.

“We have noticed children who continue to walk around selling goods in these areas and they have become rude during their vending. When someone does not buy they not only show sour expressions but also say rude things.

“These are the sorts of behaviour that should not be seen around town.”

By Soli Wilson 10 May 2020, 8:00AM

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