Controller Warns Citizens to Observe Quarantine Protocols

Tuesday May 19 2020

CONTROLLER of the State of Emergency and Police Commissioner David Manning has issued a stern warning to citizens undergoing 14-days quarantine at various designated quarantine facility to strictly observe the quarantine protocols or face the consequences.

SOE Controller, David Manning

Mr Manning said this following report of citizens repatriated from overseas and undergoing quarantine at various designated facilities not taking heed of the control measures put in place.

“I must warn citizens that are coming into the country that the 14-day quarantine period and the protocols in place under the SOE are non-negotiable.

“Everyone must complete the 14-days quarantine period and must be cleared by a designated medical officer before leaving the quarantine facility,” Mr Manning said.

Commissioner Manning said both police and hotel security are placed on 24 hour basis at the facilities to ensure all protocols are complied with and to ensure the credibility of the quarantine is achieved.

He further said that no person under quarantine is allowed to leave his or her room without the written authority from him as the Emergency Controller, except in the case of an emergency.

If a person becomes ill or start showing any symptoms of Covid-19 they should immediacy contact the medical services.

“Non-compliance with the order by a non-PNG citizen or non-PNG permanent resident shall result in an immediate deportation, the cost of which shall be borne by that person and also legal action to be taken for breach of Emergency Orders,” Mr Manning said.

Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
Team Leader – COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force Mobile: 75430557 : Email:


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