Thursday 13 August, 2020

Devon House 'regrets' COVID breach by tenant, to increase vigilance

Devon House

Devon House

The Management of Devon House Development Limited is expressing deep regret for breaches of coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols by a tenant at the popular Corporate Area landmark.

Reggae Mill, a popular entertainment spot at the complex, was ordered close by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, after the staging of a party there on Friday, a video of which was circulated on social media.

“We regret this infraction and sincerely apologise to the government of Jamaica that has been working so hard to limit the spread of COVID-19," the Devon House management said in a press release, adding that "We have since taken the necessary precautions to prevent any further breaches of the protocols.”

These measures, the management said, include increased monitoring of patrons and tenants to ensure the strict adherence to all COVID-19 guidelines, including limited seating, crowd control, enforcement of social distancing, hand sanitising and the wearing of masks.

On Monday, McKenzie said Reggae Mill will be closed for two weeks.

He further explained that additionally, no place of amusement licence will be granted for four to six weeks. The operations of Devon House will be closely monitored to see to it that the management of the entity takes all necessary steps to ensure that there are no further breaches of the protocols.

"As I indicated yesterday, the police have been provided with a list of venues operating in breach of the Disaster Risk Management Order, and they are being investigated with a view to prosecution.

“I will continue to appeal to everyone to obey all the COVID-19 protocols. We are in the middle of a pandemic, and the Government is resolute that no violations of the public health protocols will be tolerated. Once again, I must say how encouraged I am by the civic-minded Jamaicans who are reporting the violators, and we will deal with the breaches as they are disclosed to us,” said McKenzie.

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