Samoa amends State of Emergency Orders for COVID-19

All businesses must close on Sundays with the exception of small shops, which can open from 3pm to 7pm.

Small shops are defined as having no doors, where customers make purchases through a window opening.

The new Order with amendments commenced Thursday, 6 August 2020.


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Flight postponed after Samoa issues new travel advice

They were meant to start Thursday however a last minute change in travel advice from Samoa postponed the plans.

The Samoa government now required travellers from American Samoa to have a negative COVID-19 test three days before arrival at Faleolo airport.

Up until now travellers from the territory were exempt from that requirement based on the fact the territory was COVID-19 free.

Talofa Airways had advertised the flight for Thursday from Faleolo Airport to bring in skilled labour.

The return flight to Apia to bring back passengers from the territory.

Quarantine overload forces Samoa repatriation pause

The pause will prevent quarantine facilities from being overwhelmed.

The Samoa Observer reported that initially there were going to be 15 quarantine sites in Samoa, grouping passengers into sets of 10.

However, skyrocketing numbers forced the Government to abandon those limits.

About 1000 passengers have been released from quarantine so far after being cleared of Covid-19 but hundreds more are on the way.

The chair of the National Emergency Operation Centre Ulu Bismarck Crawley said the flight on Friday would bring more than 300 passengers.

Women of Samoa’s Asaga village enhance skills to generate income

The youth have also volunteered to be part of the project.

The village of Asaga celebrated the official closing of the project last week, where the village mayor Sui o le Nuu Lualua Tautu thanked the Programme Manager of the Civil Society Support Program (CSSP). 

Tautu said the participants were selected on a needs basis that targeted unemployed low-income families, not all of whom had any prior knowledge of sewing or elei printing.

Samoa Police Headquarters gets bulletproof upgrade

The door was damaged by a rock that was thrown by a man understood to have mental health problems.

Police Commissioner Su’a Fuiavailiili Egon Keil confirmed that the damage was caused by a rock that had been thrown through the glass doors.

“A male who appears homeless and possibly mentally ill was arrested from that incident”;

“He has been referred to the mental unit of our National Health Services for evaluation prior to charges being filed against him”.

Judge calls for tolerance in Samoa as teen convicted of killing Chinese man

The man, Gogosina Lelei Leilua, pleaded guilty to the murder, being armed with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated robbery in October last year.

He was one of three men charged by the police for unlawfully entering a building where the Chinese man and two Asian associates were staying.

Leilua was armed with a knife and police say he stabbed the victim five times.

In her decision, Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala Warren, drew attention to racist attacks.

Samoa's old prison reopened as St Paul's Academy

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, also announced the publicly named school would be called St Paul Academy.

The new government education investment included a primary and a pre-school with a college to be opened sometime next year.

It is next to the block of government land where a new police academy will be constructed.

The Tafaigata prison was closed down last year and facilities moved to the new multimillion dollar Tanumalala high security prison.

New Samoan party calls for limit on terms for PM

Fa'atuatua I Le Atua Samoa ua Tasi, or FAST, was officially registered on Thursday and promptly announced they would be fielding a candidate in each of the 50 seats up for grabs next year.

Heading the party is former speaker and cabinet minister, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, who resigned from Parliament last month and now faces a by-election.

Modern slavery rife in NZ and Pacific Islands, charity claims

The Walk Free report identifies cases of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and forced marriage in the Pacific.

The report, Murky waters: A qualitative assessment of modern slavery in the Pacific region, said exploitation was fuelled by widespread poverty, migration, and the abuse of cultural practices.

Samoan seasonal workers finally reunited with family

The men completed their 14 day quarantine on Friday and the Samoa Observer newspaper reported they were greeted by people who'd travelled from as far as Savai'i and Manono.

The group were repatriated seasonal workers who had been given the opportunity to be quarantined in their own village.

The 'in-village' quarantine had been organised by Poutasi High Chief Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale.

The workers were split in two and isolated in two village halls just a stone throw away from the district hospital and the police outpost.