Friday 18 September, 2020

McKenzie warns Jamaicans not to visit closed beaches and rivers

The Minister of Local Government, Desmond McKenzie is warning Jamaicans not to visit the beaches and rivers that have been closed by the government following repeated breaches of COVID-19 protocols.

The 17 beaches and 19 rivers were closed effective Friday.

“We are serious about preserving public health and that is why these 17 beaches and 19 rivers, which reflected glaring and continuous breaches of the COVID-19 protocols, must be closed at this time. We will be monitoring these locations to make sure that they are closed until permission is given for re-opening,” said McKenzie in a Friday statement.

“I am calling for those who will go to other beaches and rivers this weekend and thereafter to stick to the protocols. We want to see increased use of masks, more sanitising and social distancing. We don’t want the venues to be overcrowded. People can have a great time without creating an increased risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19,” the minister added.

Beaches ordered closed:

Kingston and St Andrew – Bob Marley

St Catherine – Hellshire

Clarendon – Faquhar

Manchester –Alligator Pond

St Elizabeth – Great Bay

Westmoreland – Blue Fields and Norman Manley

Trelawny – Burwood, Jacob Taylor, Half Moon Bay and Victoria Charlott

St Ann – Turtle Tower, Ocho Rios, Fantasy, Cardif Hall and Flavour

Portland – Winnifred, Frenchman’s Cove and Boston


River facilities ordered closed:

Kingston and St Andrew – Cane River Falls, Penfield, Grove, Hope

St Catherine – Caymanas, Natural Paradise

Clarendon – Salt River, Cockpit

Manchester – Alligator Pond, Noisy River, Gutts, Oxford

Westmoreland – Sweet River

St Ann – Little Dunn’s River

St Mary – Spanish River and Blue Hole

St Thomas – Yallahs, Reggae Falls, Roaring River

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