Everyone must now wear a mask when visiting the Punanga Nui Market, says manager William Taripo.
The market management earlier stated “it is mandatory
for all the Punanga Nui Market vendors to wear a face a mask,” and because the
market area is “outdoors”, it was not “compulsory” for visitors or customers to
However, some vendors were bitterly disappointed to
see many tourists turn up at the market unmasked.
One of the vendors who questioned the market management’s earlier decision to make masks optional for customers was pleased to hear that compulsory wearing of masks would now apply to everyone including all visitors at the market.
“I’m so happy now, at least we are trying to do our
best to help keep ourselves safe, we are elderly, we are vulnerable. This will
also help get rid of all the confusion that had happened last week.”
This coming Saturday there will only be two entrances
into the market, at the usual entrance next to the Avatiu bridge at the main
road and the tag in station will be next to the Maroro Hut. The other entrance
and tag station will be located at the market office, next to the BSP ATM
Greg Mitchell on 19/01/2022
Well done to Market Management. I am due to come up early February (all going well with the Border) and wearing a mask to protect the local vendors was a no-brainer to me.