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Tonga's declaration of a State of Emergency and the national CoViD-19 restrictions have been extended from 8:00pm 26 October to 8:00pm 23 November due to the ongoing spread of CoViD-19 worldwide.
The Health State of Emergency was first declared by the Prime Minister, Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa on 12 March earlier this year. Since then, it has been renewed on a monthly basis, as part of the effort to prevent or minimize the spread of CoViD-19 within Tonga.
The key national CoViD-19 restrictions are:
*Night-time curfews from midnight to 5:00am enforced by the Tonga Police, His Majesty's Armed Forces and relevant authorised officers.
*All activities and gatherings in Tonga shall:
*not exceed the maximum number defined as mass gathering (not exceeding 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors except for religious services and education institutions);
*comply with social distancing (keeping 1.5m from any other person at all times); and
*comply with the Ministry of Health requirements for sanitation and hygiene.
*Funeral gatherings shall be restricted to a total of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors with an authorised officer to be present throughout.
Tonga Police and His Majesty's Armed Forces and any authorised officers for the purposes of securing public safety and maintenance of public health shall have the power to enforce these directions.
SOURCE: TONGA WIRES/PACNEWS
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