Extended Hours for Retail Stores in Latest SOE Amendments

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The popular Tina's Store at Vaigaga.

Government has confirmed just two amendments to the State of Emergency Orders from the easing that has been in effect since before Christmas.

In an official statement issued by the Press Secretariat at 8pm last night, Cabinet confirms further easing to operating hours of retail stores, while removing Saturday for bingo goers.

The restriction on opening hours to retail shops has been completely lifted, except for Sundays where closure until 3pm remains.

From Monday to Saturday, small shops (faleoloa laiti) may now open 24/7 if they wish to do so.

Faleoloa Laiti “E tuusaunoa le tatalaina mai le Aso Gafua i le Aso Toonai sei vagana ai le Aso Sa e faatoa tatala i le 3:00 i le afiafi”. 

The only other amendment is for Bingo, now prohibited on Saturday, but open Monday to Friday 6am to 11pm.

Taaloga Bingo “Tatalaina o Taaloga bingo mai le 6:00 i le taeao i le 11:00 i le po mai le Aso Gafua i le Aso Faraile”.

All current SOE orders remain effective from today 22 January to Saturday 14th February 2021.

The Official Samoan Release is published below:

TEUTEUGA O POLOAIGA MO FAALAVELAVE TUTUPU FAAFUASEI MO LE FAAMA’I O LE COVID19 –Aso 21 Ianuari 2021

I lana Fonotaga Faapitoa 5 o le Aso Tofi 21 Ianuari 2021, na talanoaina ai e le Kapeneta le Pepa  ma faamaonia ai Teuteuga o le Poloaiga mo Faalavelave Tutupu Faafuasei mo le Faama’i o le COVID19 ua taua i lalo:

  • Faleoloa Laiti
  1. E tuusaunoa le tatalaina mai le Aso Gafua i le Aso Toonai sei vagana ai le Aso Sa e faatoa tatala i le 3:00 i le afiafi;
  • Taaloga Bingo
  1. Tatalaina o Taaloga bingo mai le 6:00 i le taeao i le 11:00 i le po mai le Aso Gafua i le Aso Faraile.

Le amata faamamaluina o nei suiga mai i le Aso Faraile 22 Ianuari 2021 seia aulia le Aso Sa 14 Fepuari 2021 ma toe iloilo ai e le Kapeneta.

E faatumauina pea isi aiaiga o Poloaiga o Faalavelave Tutupu Faafuase’i na mua’i tuuina atu.

O lenei faaiuga na faia i lona tulaga faanatinati e tusa ai ma le Vaega 38(1)© o le Faavae o le Malo Tutoatasi o Samoa.