Thursday 13 August, 2020

Limited dining services at restaurants nationally as of Thursday

Jamaicans should on Thursday, and for the first time in nearly four months, be able to dine out at their favourite restaurant, as the Government continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions in a bid to stimulate economic activities across the country.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, during a ministerial statement in the House of Representatives.

McKenzie said under the reopening arrangements at present, occupancy must not exceed 50 per cent of the capacity each restaurant, and no more than four persons should be seated at a table.

Additionally, each table should be spaced at least six feet apart.

“And we’re asking, in the protocol, that no table should be joined to facilitate large groups,” said McKenzie.

He said restaurant operators must allow entry to personnel from the Local Government Ministry, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness, who will be monitoring the operations of restaurants to ensure that they are compliant with the stated guidelines.

Restaurants have been limited to take-out services only since March, as the Government implemented measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act to limit the spread of the coronavirus on the island.

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