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Tonga extends its State of Emergency

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga’s State of Emergency has been extended because of the COVID-19 Pandemic from 8:00pm today, Tuesday, 4 August until 8:00pm 31 August.

The health State of Emergency was first declared by the Prime Minister, Hon. Rev. Dr Pohiva Tu’I’onetoa on 12 March 2020. Since then, it has been renewed on a monthly basis.


  • Night-time curfews from midnight to 5:00am enforced by the Tonga Police, His Majesty's Armed Forces and relevant authorised officers.
  • All activities and gatherings in Tonga shall:
  1. not exceed the maximum number defined as mass gathering (not exceeding 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors);
  2. comply with social distancing (keeping 1.5m from any other person at all times); and
  3. comply with the Ministry of Health requirements for sanitation and hygiene (including personal hand hygiene).
  • Funeral gatherings shall be restricted to a total of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors with an authorised officer to be present throughout.

In addition, Tonga Police and His Majesty's Armed Forces and any authorised officers for the purposes of securing public safety and maintenance of public health shall have the power to enforce these directions.