Jamaica: Government expects reopening of entertainment economy

The Prime Minister of Jamaica - Andrew Holness, stated that the government is expecting reopening of the entertainment economy of the island.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, stated that the government is expecting reopening of the entertainment economy of the island.

PM Holness stated that the Jamaican government is fully aware of the values of the economy entertainment sector of Jamaica and noted that one way to assure the sector’s speedy recovery is for the people to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

During his speech at the event of renaming of Denham Town Primary and Infant School to the Edward Seaga, Seaga Primary and Infant school in Kingston, PM Holness further added, “I truly do appreciate the challenges, and as Jamaica seeks to reopen the entertainment sector, taking the dose of COVID-19 vaccine would make it much easier to happen.”

PM Holness is hoping that Jamaica would get a significant share of the COVID-19 vaccines. He added that “The intention of the government has been to reopen the entertainment sector safely and sustainably.”

“The government of Jamaica has also scheduled to conduct a series of meetings with the cinema operators, event promoters, selectors and the other stakeholders as well as with the proprietors of places of amusement and with the other people who are associated with the entertainment industry,” – PM Holness further added.

The Jamaican Prime Minister also informed that during the recent parliament session, the government engaged in discussions on agreeing for the appropriate protocols for the limited reopening of the entertainment sector of Jamaica by this summer.

According to the reports, the entertainment sector is one of three sectors that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the other two are – tourism and sports.

Jamaica island suffered a loss of around $26-billion in revenue from March to July 2020 because of the closure of the entertainment sector amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The data states that over 76,000 direct and indirect jobs have been affected in the entertainment sector of Jamaica.