Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Police to enforce 36-hour lockdown in Honiara, Solomon Islands, May 20-22. Plan for business closures, transport and movement restrictions.

This alert affects Honiara

This alert began 20 May 2020 05:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 21 May 2020 19:00 GMT.

  • Event: Lockdown
  • Location(s): Honiara (map)
  • Time Frame: 1800 May 20-0600 May 22
  • Impact: Business closures, movement restrictions, transport disruptions

Summary
Authorities in the Solomon Islands will enforce a 36-hour lockdown in Honiara in order to test the country's capacity to respond to an outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The restrictions will be in effect 1800 May 20-0600 May 22 in an area from Poha to Alligator Creek, encompassing the capital city. Under the lockdown, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force will require that all residents remain in their homes, except for those working in essential services and emergency response, including medical workers, police and health officers, and civil servants in relevant ministries. Residents must apply for exceptions, and police could fine people ignoring the order up to SBD 10,000 (USD 1,195) and/or jail them for up to five years.

Significant commercial disruptions are likely throughout the lockdown period, as officials will close all businesses. People could crowd stores in the capital and surrounding areas to stock up on supplies ahead of the lockdown. Authorities also plan to block transport in and out of the affected area, and shipping delays are highly likely through May 22.

Advice
Seek an exception to lockdown orders to conduct business-critical activities. Follow all official instructions. Remain nonconfrontational if stopped by police. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Reschedule business appointments. Consider adjusting itineraries for time-sensitive travel or prepare to shelter in place in Honiara until authorities lift lockdown orders.


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