A State of National Emergency has been declared across the country as the Government pulls out all the stops to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, today’s State of National Emergency declaration allows the Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management to direct and coordinate personnel, material and other resources, and provides access to other extra-ordinary powers that will support delivery of an effective and timely response to COVID-19.
While in force, the State of National Emergency will allow the Director and local controllers, as needed, to provide for the:
- conservation and supply of food, fuel and other essential supplies
- regulate land, water and air traffic
- to close roads and public places
- to evacuate any premises, including any public place
- and if necessary to exclude people or vehicles from any premises or place.