More and more state governments are issuing their own directives to reduce the spread of Omicron COVID-19 in their communities without prompting or mandates from the national government.
Some states, such as Ngarchelong, have both elected and traditional leaders imposing traditional curfew (bul) and recommending limited gatherings.
Traditional chiefs on their own initiatives implementing “bul” states to prevent spread of COVID-19 in their communities. Pictured, Ngarchelong chiefs “bul” announcement. (Photo credit: Hadley Renguul)
Angaur state is mandating testing before boarding boats or planes to Angaur.
Koror State has closed its parks, state playgrounds, and basketball courts to minimize further transmission of the COVID virus.
Palau Supreme Court has closed down its Koror and Ngerulmud facilities, only allowing online filing of cases.
Meanwhile, medical experts Dr. Bostron and Dr. Thane say the policy decisions imposing lockdowns are to be done by local leaders. Lockdowns will reduce the number of cases, but once they are lifted, the cases could rise again.
But there is an end to this, according to CDC Dr. Thane. Based on virus performance in other countries, Dr. Thane explained, the virus is expected to peak in a month and then drop rapidly.
The national government has closed schools but maintains online classes. It has mandated mask-wearing in all indoor establishments but has not moved to close other government services or impose local lockdown.
After experiencing more than 100 cases a day for five consecutive days, people welcome the restrictions, believing that they serve as additional security for themselves and their families.