17 Dec 2019

American Samoa lifts public gathering ban

12:26 pm on 17 December 2019

American Samoa Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga announced today at a Cabinet meeting that a restriction on public gatherings due to the country's measles outbreak has now been lifted.

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Lolo Matalasi Moliga. Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller

He said he was briefed by health officials and, based on that advice, he had made changes to the public health emergency declaration.

The ban on entry permits has also been lifted but are still subject to restrictions.

The proclamation of amended restriction during the continued public health emergency includes the following:

  • The restriction on public gatherings is hereby lifted
  • All entry permits from the Independent State of Samoa will require a 15 day review period while those from other countries will be under review for 30 days
  • All entry permit requests, regardless of country of origin, must include documented proof of vaccinations
  • All ASG agencies tasked with protecting our borders and waters are to remain on high alert
  • All vessels entering ASG waters must continue to receive prior approval to navigate our waters
  • All restrictions at the airport and seaport for travellers and the public remain in effect
  • All other unaffected provisions from the 8 December declaration remain in full force and effect.

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