Briefing for all essential and emergency service providers and other key stakeholders started last Saturday and is ongoing as part of preparations for the 36-hour lockdown draws near.
So far briefing for the Media, Government Caucus and Diplomatic Missions had been done and today those in the utilities and infrastructure sectors went through the briefing at the National Emergency Operations Center at the National Disaster Management Office in Honiara.
The briefing is to allow stakeholders to ask questions they might have for further clarification from authorities following the dissemination of the approved lockdown guide this week.
During the briefings National Disaster management Office (NDMO) Chief of Operations Mr. George Baragamu explained that unlike the first lockdown trial where the focus was to allow Health Authorities test their capabilities on operations such as contact tracing, this particular one will focus mainly on how best to restrict the movement of people should there be a lockdown as a result of a positive COVID-19 case detected in our communities.
The trial lockdown will provide an opportunity for essential and emergency service providers to test and refine their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) following the lessons learnt from the last lockdown and the rise of the highly transmissible and deadly delta variant.. “This exercise will provide a very good opportunity for you to pick up gaps and refine your own organizations SOPs” said Mr. Baragamu.
Feedback from all participating stakeholders indicate that all fine details of their plans are now being put together and everything should be ready for roll out starting 6PM Sunday 29th August 2021.