13 Aug 2020

Samoa exporters threaten court action over Covid emergency restrictions

12:37 pm on 13 August 2020

The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters has indicated it is gearing up for a legal battle with the government over the restriction of trading hours under the State of Emergency.

Apia CBD the capital of Samoa.

Apia CBD the capital of Samoa. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins

Association President Tagaloa Eddie Wilson said businesses across the country were on their knees and facing permanent closure.

Tagaloa said Cabinet should review State of Emergency orders and how they were restricting trade in an already strained economy.

He said the intention of the orders was good but they had been in place long enough and should now be done away with.

If the restrictions were not removed, Tagaloa said the association would start making demands for remedial action.

No cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Samoa to date.