‘Seven no movement days’ announced by Jamaican government amid COVID, new guidelines issued

The Jamaican government has imposed a lockdown amid the spike in the COVID-19 infections in past days. On Thursday, this announcement was made by the Prime Minister of Jamaica - Andrew Holness, stating that these seven days would be 'no movement days'.

Jamaica: The Jamaican government has imposed a lockdown amid the spike in the COVID-19 infections in past days. On Thursday, this announcement was made by the Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, stating that these seven days would be ‘no movement days’.

On normal curfew days (with the exception of no-movement days), 

the timing will remain 7 pm nightly until 5 am the following morning on Mondays – Fridays and 6 pm on Saturdays.

The seven no movement days will be- 

  • Sunday, August 22
  • Monday, August 23
  • Tuesday, August 24
  • Sunday, August 29
  • Monday, August 30
  • Tuesday, August 31, and
  • Sunday, September 5. 

Essential services would be operational (such as – fisherfolk, farmers, factories, BPOs and those involved in the maintenance of the infrastructure of financial services and the media). The essential services employees would need a work ID to present to the police on the no-movement days

PM Holness stated that individuals would be allowed to seek urgent medical care on no movement days, and those who have overseas travel plans can make their way to or from the airport. 

While specific COVID-19 vaccination sites would remain open during curfew hours and on no movement days, the citizens who have taken their appointments to receive a vaccine would be allowed to do so during curfew hours. The individuals would be needed to present evidence of the appointment (text message or email) to the police. 

The Prime Minister further noted that on Sunday, August 29 and Sunday, September 5, 2021, places of worship would be allowed to have 20 individuals physically present in the church. The individuals who leave home on these two Sundays would have to carry on an authorisation form issued by their place of worship, which would be similar to the Gazetted Form used earlier this year, in March-April.

While the movement for worshippers would not be allowed on this Sunday, August 22, following a strict three-day lockdown. 

The current work from the home directive in the public sector is being extended until September 7, 2021. Permanent Secretaries & the Heads of Agencies are directed to strictly make sure that only individuals who work in critical service delivery and the nature of the work require that the job functions be performed at the physical location at the office.

“For the private sector, I am issuing a strong appeal to employers to ensure only persons who cannot work from home come to the workplace,” PM Holness stated. 

No funeral services would be allowed during the days from August 25 – September 7, 2021. 

For August 25 – September 7, 2021, a maximum of 15 individuals would be permitted at a burial, including – mourners, officiating clergy, gravediggers and undertakers. As a reminder, burials would be allowed from Mondays to Fridays only (excluding no-movement days) during the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. The time for conducting the funeral is not to be longer than 30 minutes.