Friday 25 September, 2020

Market hours extended to allow for more shopping time, less crowding

The Government has moved to adjust the opening hours of markets from 6 am to 6 pm Thursdays to Saturdays.

This is an additional four hours on the busiest market days to allow Jamaicans more time to shop in order to reduce crowds in the facilities.

The previous opening hours for markets were 6 am to 2 pm daily as the Government took measures to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the adjustment to the order restricting the opening hours of the markets was made by the Cabinet on Monday. This was after he saw photographs of shoppers on Saturday bunched together inside the Coronation Market without regard for social distancing recommendations.

The prime minister said he understood that it was at the end of the month when persons would have been out in their numbers shopping. However, he said it was important that distance is maintained in order to limit the spread of the virus.

Some 36 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Jamaica, including a registered nurse. One person has since succumbed to the respiratory disease while one individual has fully recovered and has been discharged from hospital

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