COVID-19: Minister Grange calls on J'cans to labour at home on May 25
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has called on Jamaicans to stay home this Labour Day to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Minister Grange, who is Chairman of the National Labour Day Planning Committee, says preparations are well advanced for Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2020 activities.
But highlighting the readiness, the minister called on Jamaicans to concentrate on their home environments this Labour Day instead of the large gathering in streets and communities in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking to committee members during a virtual meeting on recently, Grange said that citizens will be asked to clean up their home environments.
“This year’s Labour Day will be observed on Monday, May 25, under the theme ‘Labour at Home’. Workers’ Week begins on May 17 and culminates on Labour Day,” said Minister Grange
Labour Day is celebrated on May 23 each year. If the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then it is observed the following Monday.
Members of the National Labour Day Planning Committee are currently discussing activities for Workers’ Week and Labour Day, in keeping with the guidelines established to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Grange also reminded that it is an opportunity to begin pre-hurricane season activities. The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, 2020.
The Minister said that churches have been contacted and they are being asked to participate through their digital services, scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 24.
“We have reached out to them to ask them to focus on the theme for Labour Day, within the context of the COVID environment,” she added.
Apart from virtual church services, other activities being planned include the cleaning of two statues, laying of commemorative wreaths at the Aggie Bernard Monument, virtual town hall fora on Labour issues, a video message saluting workers, and the publication of a supplement.
Minister Grange said that letters have been sent out to the Mayors with regard to finalising and submitting their parish projects.
According to the Minister, the Municipalities have been reminded to plan parish projects that “would not require a crowd or a large gathering”.
Labour Day is organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, in collaboration with the Ministries of Labour and Social Security, and Local Government and Community Development.