A candidate for president in Bougainville is urging people to remain vigilant as Covid-19 infections rise significantly in Port Moresby.
Bougainville has had a State of Emergency in place since April and so far the region has stayed free of the virus.
James Tanis, who was president from 2008 to 2010, and wants the job again, says Bougainvilleans throughout PNG must adhere to the restrictions.
He says they must follow these measures to safeguard themselves and protect children, families and others.
This includes limiting numbers attending the political meetings.
The retiring President, John Momis, has previously said Bougainville has little capacity to cope with an outbreak of Covid-19 so keeping the coronavirus out of the region is vital.
The State of Emergency is due to finish on 14 August, two days after the elections begin.