Tonga’s liaison officer in Australia, Sione Vaka, told Kaniva News all Seasonal Worker Programme employees’ visas had been extended for up to 12 months.
Vaka said Tongan workers had not been charged for the extension.
He said employers were making sure employees would not be infected with the virus.
He said the Australian government had directed all employers to make sure their workers had work to do during the lockdown to help their families in Tonga.
All states were on lockdown, but the workers were exempted because they were doing essential services.