COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Regulation 2020

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Regulation 2020

Purpose of the regulation

Regulation issued pursuant to Section 16(2) of the constitution of the republic of Kiribati in relation to the proclamation of a State of Public Emergency to prepare for and manage the impact of Novel Corona Virus 2019 Pandemic


Partial Lockdown: Closure of Schools (KPS to focus on this section)

Targeted age Group: Children under the age of 18 years old (17 years old to the youngest age)

Regulation Enforcer: Kiribati Police Service.

Kiribati Police Service obligations in carrying out these regulation

  • The Commissioner of Police is empowered to enforce these regulation
  • The Commissioner of Police may use reasonable force if necessary, in the exercise of a power under this regulation
  • Police officers under the command of the Commissioner of Police will execute the regulation accordingly.

Kiribati Police Service Stations’ tasked under this regulation.

  • To maintain patrolling within their jurisdictions
  • Take children under 18 years of age who are independently roaming around away from home without parental guidance.
  • Take them home and warn their parent not to allow their children to do the same offence again.
  • Repetition of such offence will be dealt accordingly
  • During this time Police may apply reasonable forces to those children who are disobeying or obstruct the police work as stated clearly in the regulation.
Who are going to be affected in this partial lockdown regulation?
  • Children under the age of 18
  • Parents
How will the age under 18 will be affected by this regulation?
  • The regulation clearly states that children at this age shall be restricted and confined within their homes during this school break.
  • Not allowed to roam around away from home by themselves without parental guidance/accompany.
  • The exception to children with the guidance or being accompanied by their parent is allowed.
Parent responsibilities during this partial lockdown.
  • Parents are expected to monitor their child movement and to ensure they are at home throughout the whole day during this school break
  • Exception to those who are
  • Seeking life -saving
  • Health emergency or medical attention or other medical services.
  • Parental responsibility is to ensure that a child who are imposed in this regulation must fully aware of the regulation, consequences and to comply accordingly.
Who are accountable to the penalties as stated in the regulation?
  • Though the regulation is imposed on a child under the age of eighteen but at the end of the day parents are the one that will accountable to this when their children are breaching the regulation
Offences and Penalties in breaching the regulation
  • Fine of $500
  • Imprisonment for 6 months
  • Or both fine and imprison to be applied.
How long will the regulation last?
  • The regulation will last for three weeks from date of signing (31/03/2020) until 16 th of April.
  • Unless there is another regulation on the extension on this partial lockdown the Police will remain enforcing the regulations put forward by the Office of Beretitenti.