Monday 26 October, 2020

Curfew, other COVID restrictions extended

JIS file photo of Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking at a digital press conference.

JIS file photo of Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaking at a digital press conference.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the extension of the islandwide curfew until October 7 as the government grapples with bringing the surge in COVID-19 cases under control, while Jamaica goes through the community transmission phase of the deadly virus.

The curfew will continue to run from 8pm until 5am daily.

Other protocols imposed under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which are aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus, will also remain in place until October 7.

These include:

- All persons 70 years and older are mandated to remain at home except for the necessities of life such as shopping, including going to the pharmacy; for exercise and for overseeing their business.

- Restrictions on gathering will remain at no more than 15 persons per group. This applies to funerals, parties and entertainment events.

- The 15-person limit on burials will remain.

- Taxi operators must carry one passenger less than what is stated on their road licence.

- All passengers of public passenger vehicles must wear a mask.

- All persons must wear a mask while in public.

- Churches must abide by the protocols regarding the number of congregants allowed to gather.

- Employers are asked to facilitate their employees working from home where possible.

Holness told a virtual press conference on Tuesday that the security forces have stepped up their efforts to get Jamaicans to comply with the protocols as a zero-tolerance approach was now in effect. He said several thousand persons have been prosecuted under the Disaster Risk Management Act. 

The extension of the health protocols come as Jamaica has now recorded 5,270 cases of COVID-19 and 75 deaths.

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