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Curfew within the Nuku’alofa CBD area – Tropical Cyclone Gita

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12th February, 2018 Following the State of Emergency Declaration this morning by the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Semisi Sika, the Commissioner of Tonga Police, Stephen Caldwell, as a further precaution has ordered a curfew in the Central Business District area of Nuku’alofa starting from 9:00pm tonight until 7:00am tomorrow morning Tuesday 13 February 2018 (Public Order Act, Section 8).

The following roads delimits the CBD area, Tupoulahi Road to the east, Mateialona Road to the south, Vaha’akolo Road to the west and Vuna Road to the North.

This is to further protect people and property, and we ask for public understanding and common sense to be used at this time.

No one is allowed to enter the Nuku’alofa Central Business area unless you’re part of Tropical Cyclone Gita’s Emergency Response Team. Those who live within the CBD area are being urged to stay indoors, or get to an Evacuation Centre as soon as possible.

“We are urging people to seek refuge from this severe cyclone that could be the most powerful in the country’s history,” says Commissioner Caldwell.

Police Patrols will be joined by His Majesty’s Armed Forces for full coverage of Tongatapu to ensure Community awareness, public safety and to evacuate as necessary.

Key Safety Messages to the public;

  • Keep yourself and your family safe
  • Keep off the road
  • Stay at home if it’s safe
  • Get to an Evacuation Centre as soon as possible with food and water
  • Keep away from the Coastline
  • Make sure you have water, food, candles, torches
  • Medical kit if you have them
  • Charged cell phones for Emergency
  • Keep indoors away from flying debris


For further Information please contact: Telesia Adams, Tonga Police Media & Communication Officer, Tonga Police Headquarters, Longolongo; – Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it phone (676) 23 323 EXT. 125

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 February 2018 18:08 )  

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