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Police checkpoints to enforce social distancing in vehicles

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 14/04/2020

The Ministry of Police has issued a warning to bus drivers and private vehicles that starting today, they will ensure they comply with social distancing of their passengers as part of their efforts to ensure a coronavirus-free country.

Deputy Commissioner of Police – ‘Atunaisa Taumoepeau urges the drivers to limit passengers in their buses and vehicles because there are penalties in place for those who will not comply.

Meanwhile, bus drivers; Viliami Fangupo from Houma, Lopeti Vi from Hofoa, and Fika Manu’atu from Lapaha, says they are not happy with the restrictions from the Government as it will affect their income. They also requested the Government for more public transports specifically for the students as most of the students do not have their own rides and therefore take the public bus which is a hassle for them taking them to school with only 6 passengers, with the social distancing in place.

However, Tu’umoeloa Molia of Ha’asini says he’s happy with the new initiative knowing that the government is trying their best to protect our people from COVID-19.

Police officers along with HMAF will continue to carry out work to ensure people will obey the law.

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