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Sixty-eight people were arrested in Fiji last night for breaching the curfew hours.
Thirty-seven were arrested in the Western Division, 13 in the Southern Division and 18 in the Eastern Division.
The 68 had no valid reasons to be out between 10 o’clock last night and 5 o’clock this morning when police queried their movements. They were arrested and taken into custody.
Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said with the high number of arrests, officers had to strictly adhere to protocols to ensure they were also not exposed to any possible health threats.
Processing teams were on standby to handle the cases as they were brought to the various police stations.
The Commissioner is again pleading with the public to adhere to the curfew to stay out of trouble and protect the lives of Fijians and police officer at a time when physical distancing is vital.
Meanwhile, businesses have been reminded to ensure their staff does not abuse the curfew letters provided by employers.
With the nationwide curfew starting last night, employers have spoken to their workers on the importance of having the curfew letters and carrying their IDs.
Consumer Supermarket Supervisor Vikashi Devi said they will only provide curfew letters to staff who need them.
“We have already advised our staff but by 9.15pm we should all be out of the shop but if our staff will be late we are given letters to show the Police.”
Tanoa International Hotel manager in Nadi Daniel Roy said they have a system in place to ensure staff abides by the curfew hours.
“What we have done is that we have adjusted our rosters and advised our staff of pick up times and communicated with our HOD’s on how we will be coordinating during this curfew period.”
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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