Ban on gathering of more than 20 persons still in place

Friday 26 November 2021

Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, David Manning, has  clarified that the  Directive  issued in September this year,   banning  gatherings of more than 20  persons,  is still  valid.

  Mr Manning has directed that events/gatherings, inclusive of social (clubbing/bar activities, dances, dinners, parties, sporting competitions, etc.) and religious activities (church, fellowships, etc.) will not be approved.

Criteria outlining the process for those requesting approval for hosting of gatherings/events of more than 20 persons  are  as follows:

a)   All organisations, whether private or public, shall request to host an event of more than 20 persons by writing in, copying the Deputy Controller and attention to the Niupela Pasin team;

b)   Request letters must indicate the following information –

–          Type of event,

–          Date, time and venue of event,

–          Number of participants who will attend the event,

–          Focal person contact information for communication purposes, and

–          Floor plans for the event.

c)   Venue facilities (hotels, clubs, government buildings, etc.) shall not host events unless approval from the National Control Centre is presented by the event requester/organizer;

d)   All organisations, whether private or public, must liaise with the Niupela Pasin Team to ensure due process of pre-event set up assessment and event assessment is adhered to.

As per the new directive, all organisations, whether private or public, shall formulate standard operating procedures for COVID-19 safety within their organisations and submit to the Niupela Pasin team at the National Control Centre.

Private organisations and businesses shall liaise with the Niupela Pasin team in formulating their respective standard operating procedures.

Mr Manning has also directed that the wearing of masks is mandatory and effective immediately .

 Public places include: the public transport system (buses, taxies), individual transport systems, shops, schools, offices, restaurants, bars, hair salons, hotels, lodges, sporting facilities, markets and churches.

(New Directive can be viewed in details on this official covid19 website)

Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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