Jamaican government announces adjustments in COVID measures

The Prime Minister of Jamaica - Andrew Holness, has announced new COVID-19 restrictions during a press conference on Tuesday. He announced adjustments in the curfew hours, which would be in effect from August 11, 2021.

Jamaica: The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, has announced new COVID-19 restrictions during a press conference on Tuesday. He announced adjustments in the curfew hours, which would be in effect from August 11, 2021.

On Mondays to Fridays, the curfew hours would be from 7 pm to 5 am the following morning. On Saturdays, the curfew hours would be from 6 pm to 5 am on Sunday morning. On Sundays, the curfew hours would be from 2 pm to 5 am on Monday morning.

PM Holness stated that not more than 50 individuals would be allowed to attend a wedding physically, and for the Annual and Extraordinary general meetings of entities, the maximum number of individuals is allowed to attend physically is 50.

He added that not more than 30 individuals could physically attend public entity events such as handing-overs, launches, ground-breakings, and opening ceremonies.

He added that the number of individuals had been limited to thirty for the funerals services and burials. This includes mourners as well as clergy and any support personnel.

PM Holness informed that burials could be done only on Mondays to Fridays, during the hours between 9 am & 5 pm and the time for conducting the funeral continues to be limited to 30 minutes.

While the Nightclubs and specific places of amusement, such as – clubs and discotheques, would remain closed.

No small or large events – concerts, parties, tailgate parties, round robins-are not allowed. Permission is not granted to hold events, and all the events which are illegally held would be closed by the police.

Gyms, restaurants, zoos, parks and bars are to operate at a maximum of 50% of their capacity. Capacity is determined based on one individual for every 40 square feet of useable floor space or area.

Beaches that are not under management or control are to be closed. The beaches that remain open will operate under the existing protocols and subject to tighter operating hours as follows –
• Mondays to Saturdays – 6 am to 4 pm
• Sundays – 6 am to 1 pm

The Prime Minister added that rivers would be restricted to be used only for domestic purposes and for river rafting in accordance with the established COVID-19 protocols. The operating hours would be the same as for beaches.