As Samoa enters the festive season covid-free, changes to State of Emergency orders will see extended hours for bingo, restaurants and night clubs.
Restaurants and night clubs had been restricted to 10pm from Monday to Wednesday, and 11pm from Thursdays to Saturdays. The relaxed hours will see restaurants and night clubs allowed to remain open until 1pm from Monday to Friday, and 12am on Saturday. Bingos are now also back for Saturdays, to close by 12am.
Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa confirmed the extended hours during her weekly press conference with the Samoa media.
“The government is looking to relax some of the current restrictions as Samoa enters the festive season of Christmas and New Year,” said the Prime Minister.
Samoa has been under a continuous State of Emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020, which is extended on a monthly basis. The latest orders are effective from 22 November to 19 December 2021. Another monthly SOE extension is expected to be announced before Christmas.
Samoa’s business community have been on ‘survivor mode’ since border closures now going onto two years.