More restrictive curfew during Easter holiday, beaches closed
Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Jamaicans will be subjected to far more restrictive curfew hours during the Easter holiday period beginning on Good Friday.
A 3pm to 7am curfew will be in effect daily from Good Friday to Easter Monday.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement of the revised hours during a press conference at Jamaica House on Wednesday as he gave an update on the Government’s efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prime minister explained that the nightly 8pm to 6am curfew, that took effect on April 1, will run until Holy Thursday, April 9.
However, beginning Thursday evening, the curfew will run from 8pm until 7am on Good Friday.
“During Easter weekend, the curfew will be, from Friday the 10th of April, 2020, through Monday, the 13th of April, 2020. The curfew will commence at 3pm in the afternoon and end at 7am the next morning,” said Holness.
“In other words, the non-curfew hours, that is the period of time that you will be able to move about freely and conduct the essentials of life would be from 7am to 3pm daily over the Easter weekend,” the prime minister stated.
On Easter Monday, the curfew will start at 3:00pm and end at 5:00am Tuesday morning.
“So we’re going to make some sacrifices during the Easter period and then we give a relaxation afterwards,” said Holness.
He said the new nightly curfew rules after Easter, beginning on the 14th, will be 9:00pm each night until 5:00 the following morning.
This will remain in force until April 21.
Also, all public beaches, water parks and rivers will be closed over the Easter holiday weekend from Good Friday until Easter Monday.
The prime minister stressed that the measures being implemented by the Government are designed to ensure as much economic activity as possible takes place without compromising the health of the population.