Tuesday 11 August, 2020

WATCH: Tufton hands out thousands of masks amid reopening

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (right) talks to a man after handing out one of thousands of masks in HWT on Monday.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton (right) talks to a man after handing out one of thousands of masks in HWT on Monday.

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, handed out thousands of free masks to members of the public in Half Way Tree, St Andrew on Monday as Jamaica begins to reopen its economy following months of tight restrictions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With the work-from-home order having expired and many people now returning to their physical work space, Tufton said it is critical that wearing a mask and other preventative measures in the fight against COVID-19 are maintained.

"What we anticipate is that more persons would be going to the physical space called work and, as a consequence, more will be taking public transport; more will be moving from one place to the next; there is going to be more congregating of persons and the possibility of the virus spreading is going to become increased," Tufton told journalists.

"What we want is a messaging to the public... to wear a mask in public spaces," he added, noting that similar exercises were being executed by health authorities in major town centres across the island.

He also noted that it was part of a broader public education programme being rolled out by the ministry.

Work-from-home measures were put in place 10 weeks ago to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Jamaica currently has 586 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths.

Tufton hands out free masks

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