Island-wide curfew tightened as COVID-19 case numbers surge
Prime Minister Andrew Holness (file photo)
With Jamaica now said to be experiencing community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the island-wide curfew has been tightened to limit the spread of the virus in light of the spiralling number of cases which now stands at 3,183.
Effective Tuesday, September 8, the curfew will run from 8 pm until 5 am each day. The restrictions which previously started at 9 pm nightly, is to remain in force until September 23.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement during a virtual COVID-19 press conference at Jamaica House on Monday evening.
Also effective Tuesday, all persons 70 years and older will be required to stay at home. However, those persons will be allowed to leave their homes once per day for the necessities of life, such as shopping, filling prescriptions and conducting their business.
Additionally, public gatherings have been reduced from 20 to 15 people, and the prohibition order on funerals remain at a maximum of 15 people, including the officiating party and the persons preparing the grave site.
At the same time, taxis are required to carry one passenger less than the applicable licences allow, and all passengers on public passenger vehicles are required to wear masks.
Holness also urged businesses to facilitate their employees working from home, where feasible. Churches that observe the established protocols that are in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus will continue to operate as usual. No gatherings are allowed after church services.