Tonga: Authorities extend domestic COVID-19 measures until at least June 18

COVID-19 restrictions have been extended in Tonga until at least 5:30 a.m. on June 18, according to the state department’s website. However, officials are no longer required to quarantine people from ‘Eua for travel there.

Tonga’s COVID-19 traffic light system is still set to orange, the second-highest level. For Tongatapu, the Vava’u, and Ha’apai islands, a curfew of 00:01 to 05:00 remains in effect. A curfew is in effect for all residents except those who need medical attention or work in critical industries. Facemasks and other forms of social distancing are still required in public places, such as restaurants and other hospitality establishments, as well as on public transportation.

Corporations may only operate Monday through Saturday with prior permission from the government. This includes large retail chains and nightclubs. Clubs are still shut. Those who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus are only allowed to remain quarantined for three days before being released.

Although public transportation is running, there is a chance that it will be disrupted between Tongatapu and the outlying islands. To travel between the Niuas and Tongatapu islands, travelers may have to quarantine themselves for five days and undergo testing before leaving, and then quarantine themselves again for five days once they arrive. Cargo shipments, both domestically and internationally, are currently in motion.