COVID-19 Curfew: Who are exempted from lockdown?
Government has detailed the people who are exempted from the all-island nightly curfew which becomes effective Wednesday at 8 pm, as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the exempted individuals are only allowed outside their homes, during the period of the curfew, in pursuit of their jobs and will be required to provide a photo ID to prove their employment.
The nightly curfew will run from 8 pm to 6 am, from April 1 - 8. The exempted individuals are as followed:
- Members of the Houses of Parliament and persons employed to Parliament
- Any person employed in a service concerning the provision of health, water, electricity, public works, sanitation, firefighting, civil aviation or telecommunications.
- Veterinary surgeons, licensed under the Veterinary Act
- Immigration Officers and Customs Officers
- Correctional services officers
- Persons employed in the transportation of agricultural produce or livestock or employed in the poultry industry
(including catching crew, poultry processing plant staff and the staff of feed mills)
- Persons employed in the sugarcane industry
- Persons employed to tourist establishments as defined by the Public Health (Tourism Establishments Regulations, 2000)
- Persons employed in services connected with oil-refining and with the loading, distribution, transportation or retail of petroleum, LNG or any renewable energy source.
- Persons employed in services connected with the loading and unloading of ships and with the storage and delivery of goods at, or from, docks, wharves and warehouses operated in connection with docks or wharves
- Persons employed in the provision of public transportation by the Jamaican Urban Transit Company or the Montego Bay Metro Company Limited
- The Judiciary and persons employed to the courts
- Persons employed to Business Process Outsourcing
- Persons employed to the media (such as journalists, television or radio presenters, camera operators, announcers, engineers, technicians and newspaper delivery personnel)
- Persons employed to businesses providing private security
- Persons employed to the Jamaica Printing Services Limited
- Persons employed to the Toll Authority
- Persons employed t courier services
- Persons employed in the bauxite or alumina industries
- Persons authorised in writing by the director general of ODPEM
- Persons employed in any service or activity designated in writing by the minister with responsibility for national security with the approval by the Cabinet
- Permanent Secretaries
- Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force