Friday 30 October, 2020

Work-from-home orders set to expire on May 31

As the Government continues to take steps to boost economic activities within the country, the work-from-home orders that were issued in March are to expire at the end of the month.

This is applicable to all persons excepting those 65 years and over, and persons with pre-existing conditions which make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement of the changed position at a Jamaica House press briefing on Monday as he gave an update on the Government’s response to the coronavirus.

With thousands expected back in their offices and in factories and other business entities as of June 1, the normal infection prevention and safety protocols will need to be maintained in those environments, Holness said. These include social distancing and hand sanitisation.

To this end, the prime minister said the various protocols for factories, workplaces in general, banking halls and other public spaces, are being developed in collaboration with the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ).

Meanwhile, the 14-day quarantine that was imposed in several communities in St Mary on May 7 after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was discovered, is to end as scheduled on May 21. The quarantined communities are Annotto Bay, Dover and Enfield.

To date, 130 samples have been collected from contacts of confirmed cases in the areas following contact tracing. Two of the samples tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the quarantined communities to 16.

Holness told the press conference that all the confirmed cases and their close contacts are now isolated within state facilities. And despite the period of quarantine set to come to an end in the three St Mary communities, the prime minister said surveillance will continue in the affected areas.

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