Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Curfew hours shortened as COVID restrictions relaxed further

An empty Corporate Area street during the nightly curfew amid the coronavirus pandemic.

An empty Corporate Area street during the nightly curfew amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There has been some further relaxing of the measures that have been implemented since March to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the island, including shorter curfew hours.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness provided an update on the Government’s ongoing approach to combating the COVID-19 crisis during a digital press conference from Jamaica House Monday evening.

He announced that effective Tuesday, June 30 the daily curfew will run from 11pm until 5am. This will remain in force until July 31. Previously the curfew ran from 10pm until 5am daily.

As it relates to gatherings, 20 people are now allowed to congregate, up from the previous 10, providing that the proper social distancing protocols are observed. This will remain in place for 14 days from July 1.

Regarding markets, these facilities will now be opened Mondays to Saturdays from 6am to 7pm, allowing both shoppers and vendors an additional hour. They will remain closed on Sundays for sanitisation purposes.

For zoos, the opening hours are 10am to 4pm while for parks, including theme parks, the hours are 6am to 8pm. Water parks and attractions will remain closed.

The prime minister said the next COVID meeting that is set for this Friday will examine some of the proposals and recommendations regarding the reopening of the entertainment and creative sectors.

“It will take some time, I’m not here telling you that next week (we’ll reopen) or the week after but at least we will start the process…,” Holness said.

Additionally, the prime minister said that at the next COVID-19 press conference, protocols surrounding the reopening of daycare centres and nurseries should be announced. He said this is important as an increasing number of persons return to work.

And regarding restaurants and places of amusement, Holness said Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie will give a full update in the parliament on Wednesday.

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