Vessel takes supplies to Savai'i

By Adel Fruean 26 January 2022, 8:00PM

A cargo vessel that departed Mulifanua wharf on Wednesday morning has brought much needed supplies for the people in Savai'i.

Due to the enforcement of State of Emergency (S.O.E.) Orders to compliment a nationwide lockdown, all domestic travel by planes, boats, and ferries are prohibited.

However, the only exception is cargo vessels for the purposes of offloading, refuelling and the restock of necessary supplies only.

The National Emergency Operation Center (N.E.O.C.) has issued a statement urging people not board a vessel taking supplies to the big island.

"The general public is also advised that no person is allowed on this charted cargo vessel, departing from Mulifanua Wharf at 10:00am," reads the statement. 

"We appreciate the public’s understanding and continuous support in keeping Samoa safe in these trying times."

The NEOC then warned the public that anyone who breaches the law is liable for a penalty under the S.O.E. Orders.

The last inter island trip between Upolu and Savaii was last Saturday which ferried passengers to Savai'i before the lockdown went into effect at 6pm.

Samoa first began its nationwide lockdown on Saturday due to the increase in the numbers of COVID-19 positive cases. 

As of the 25th of January, Samoa recorded 26 positive COVID-19 cases which include passengers from last Wednesday's flight and some of the frontliners. 

As Samoa continues with the lockdown (Alert Level 3), the general public is reminded once again to adhere to the S.O.E. Orders.

All persons must comply with the prevention measures put in place by the N.E.O.C. and the Ministry of Health (M.O.H). 

These measures include: mandatory wearing of facial masks at all times; physical social distancing from others; washing of hands regularly; all children under the age of 12 are prohibited in public places; and vaccination cards must be carried around at all times. 

"Working together as a Nation and adhering to the necessary precautionary measures provide will  limit the spread of COVID-19.

"The public’s understanding and continuous support in keeping Samoa safe is greatly appreciated."

The nationwide lockdown will be temporarily suspended on Thursday from 8am to 2pm to allow families to replenish and restock essential supplies. 

"We once again advise to observe conditions shared earlier with regards to movement during these hours. The public is liable for penalty under the State of Emergency Orders and relevant laws of Samoa." 


By Adel Fruean 26 January 2022, 8:00PM
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