Jamaica government announces amendments in COVID guidelines

The Prime Minister of Jamaica - Andrew Holness, has announced amendments in the COVID-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which would be in effect from 3 June 2021 till 30 June 2021.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, has announced amendments in the COVID-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which would be in effect from 3 June 2021 till 30 June 2021. 

According to the amendments made in the guidelines, the curfew hours for the weekdays that is from (Monday to Friday) would be from 9 pm to 5 am. This curfew would end on 1 July at 5 am following the curfew timings of 30 June. 

For the weekends, that is, on Saturday, the curfew timings are from 8 pm to 5 am and on Sunday from 2 pm to 5 am the next morning. 

The quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated people have been reduced from fourteen to eight days. The quarantine period remains the same that is 14 days for the people who are not fully vaccinated.

With these amendments in coronavirus measures, the Jamaica government has also extended the travel ban till 30 June 2021 for the following nations –

  • India 
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Colombia
  • Argentina
  • Paraguay
  • Trinidad and Tobago. 

During his speech in the parliament, PM Holness asserted, “Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been guided by the data and the science in our management, and our approach has been evidence-based, measured, proportionate and situationally appropriate. We have also been fair and equitable, while we cannot become complacent, the declining numbers in COVID-19 cases do support some relaxation in the measures.”

PM Holness further noted the risk of the spread of the coronavirus as only 5 per cent of the population of Jamaica had received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, whereas less than 1 per cent of the Jamaican population is fully vaccinated against the deadly mutant.

He further asked the people to follow COVID-19 measures such as wearing masks, sanitizing frequently, and maintaining proper social distance to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. 

“We have now experienced two spikes in Jamaica, and we are well aware of the behaviours and carelessness that resulted in these spikes. Let us not repeat the same mistake again and do not take the relaxation of the COVID-19 measures as free-for-all but take it as an opportunity to pursue our livelihoods and other activities safely,” PM Holness cited. 

He added to his statement, “Let us exercise personal responsibility to prevent a third wave of the COVID-19 virus that would force us to tighten the measures again.”