Saturday 15 August, 2020

VIDEO: McKenzie to take action against Devon House party organisers

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie has condemned the staging of a party on Friday at Devon House in Kingston and has informed the police about the incident.

McKenzie said he has reviewed videos of the party and has since described it as a clear breach of the Disaster Risk Management Order.

Videos of the party are being circulated on social media.


“The evidence of this breach is clear. It is a total violation of the rules and the police have been duly advised. This is a breach of the ban on gatherings at places of amusement, as well as a breach of the nightly curfew hours,” said McKenzie.

“Even more disturbing is the fact that this event was promoted, and has been attended by large numbers of people every Friday for a protracted period. Quite frankly, this does not look good. I am surprised that the management of Devon House is permitting this event to happen, and I am insisting on a formal explanation within 48 hours,” said McKenzie.

 McKenzie said he was also insisting that no events can be contemplated or allowed by Devon House or any entity anywhere, until whenever the Disaster Risk Management Order is amended to allow them.

“The protocols and restrictions issued under the order apply to the whole society. There are no uptown rules or downtown rules. The violators in this matter will be held to account.

“Large numbers of Jamaicans are obeying the rules and trying to protect themselves and their families. We will not allow selfish people to endanger the Government’s efforts to manage COVID-19, and to put our health personnel under greater pressure, just because they want to party. I trust that this will serve as a clear warning to all, that strong action will be taken if people insist on violating the Order.

“I also want to thank the concerned citizens who brought this to my attention, and I want to encourage all our civic-minded Jamaicans to continue to report and reveal all violations they witness.”



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