WATCH: Social distancing defiance in Kingston
With 'social distancing' the new buzzword in the COVID-19 era, Jamaicans, especially those in inner-city communities, continue to openly flout the Government's guidelines.
In a video in wide circulation on social media, residents of West Road in Rema in the Corporate Area are seen gathering in large groups on a street and sprinting off in different directions on the approach of a joint police/military patrol team.
And in another video, residents of Tivoli Gardens are seen gathering in groups of more than 10 on the rooftops of high-rise tenements, dancing and sipping from plastic cups while loud dancehall music plays in the background.
Watch the video below of what NOT to be doing in relation to the COVID-19 fight.
Earlier this week, the Government decided to extend the current nightly curfew order, with the restricted hours now beginning at 3 pm each day and extending until 7am the next morning over the duration of the Easter holidays. The seven-day curfew which was originally scheduled to end on Wednesday, April 8, was instituted by the prime minister in response to the growing COVID-19 crisis across the island.
Members of the public are again being urged to do their part to reduce transmission of the coronavirus by strictly adhering to the Government’s social distancing protocols, which remain among the most effective defences in combatting the virus.
The Health Ministry is recommending that persons stay at least three feet apart when they are out in public, especially when among persons who are coughing, sneezing or presenting flu-like symptoms; and that gatherings in any public space should not exceed 10 persons at a time.