They can train, provided they observe COVID-19 safe protocols at all times, Fiji’s Acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu says.
He was responding to concerns raised after people were turned away from their usual training spots around Suva this morning, saying that officers did what they did for everyone’s safety.
“Police officers had to intervene and disperse crowds gathered at My Suva Park and Suva Point this morning as a proactive step in the wake of growing concerns of people not adhering to precautionary health measures,” Tudravu said. “We understand that there were some who were genuinely at the Park for health reasons with the intention of exercising, but there were quite a number of people who were gathered in groups and not adhering to the precautionary measures as outlined by the Ministry of Health.”
He said the police was also acting on reports from concerned persons over people gathering in numbers in these areas for reasons other than training whilst some others, were found without masks.
“Officers had to take this approach for everyone’s safety. We request that Fijians do not take advantage of the opportunity allowed by the Ministry of Health to conduct physical exercises as there are many who are genuine in their intentions of trying to achieve a healthier life. We will continue to monitor these areas to ensure compliance with health measures and ask that people be considerate of others. “