Thursday 28 May, 2020

Police clarify conditions behind exemption from nightly curfew order

The police have moved to clearly establish the conditions under which some categories of persons are exempted from the ongoing nightly curfew order nationally in the face of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In advising on the subject matter, the police said members of the public who may have questions or concerns under the current curfew order, should contact the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) COVID-19 Command Centre at 876-702-5103 or 876-702-5106.

The command centre is operating 24 hours each day, and is available to answer questions and provide clarification when needed.

For emergencies in relation in relation to the subject matter, persons are asked to call the Police Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) at 119.

In a release, the police said for persons who are within the exempted categories, a valid work identification with a photo must be presented to an officer upon request, and a (rational) reason has to be given for being out during the hours of the curfew.

The JCF said exempted categories of persons should only be outside their premises if they are either heading to work or heading home from work, or on any other activity associated with their jobs.

The police explained that an exemption is not an authorisation for person to be outside their premises without good reason.

The released advised that the constabulary intends to strictly enforce the provisions under the Disaster Risk Management Act in fostering the goal of the island-wide curfew.

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