Prime Minister Andrew Holness has put in place more durable restrictions aimed toward tackling the persevering with outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the island.
Holness stated that whereas Jamaica’s 1.5% dying price is decrease than the worldwide common, the variety of deaths from COVID-19 has began to have a “psychological and emotional” affect on society.
At a Jamaica Home press convention on Sunday afternoon, he additionally identified that hospitals throughout the nation are “stretched”, with beds now properly above capability.
On this regard, Holness stated the federal government was obliged to behave by “instituting stronger measures”.
He introduced that from Tuesday March 23 to Friday March 26, the nighttime curfew will stay from 8 p.m. to five a.m.
On Friday March 26, the workplaces must shut at midday. The exceptions might be for important providers, medical amenities, supermarkets, wholesale shops, pharmacies, eating places and different meals institutions. They’ll stay open based on the schedule of curfew hours, beginning at 8 p.m.
A weekend lockdown will then start as Saturday March 27, with the curfew beginning at midday and lengthening the remainder of Saturday and all day Sunday. The curfew will finish at 5 a.m. on Monday, March 29.
From Monday, March 29 to Wednesday, March 31, the curfew will start at 8 p.m. each night till 5 a.m. on Maundy Thursday.
Additionally on Maundy Thursday, April 1, workplaces must shut at 12 p.m., aside from important providers, medical institutions, supermarkets, wholesale shops, pharmacies, eating places and different meals institutions.
The curfew will then start at 8 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and proceed all through the day on Good Friday. It can finish at 5 a.m. on Saturday April 3.
However the Saturday April 3 curfew will start at 12 p.m. and proceed the remainder of Saturday, all day Easter Sunday, all day Easter Monday, and finish at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.
Additionally on that day, the curfew will start at 8 p.m. each night till 5 a.m. till Saturday, April 10.
Nonetheless, on Friday, April 9, workplaces must shut at 12 p.m. to permit folks to do their buying and put together for the tighter weekend curfew.
The curfew will then start later Saturday at 12 p.m., working all day Sunday and ending at 5 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Throughout what have been described as “ days with out motion, ” Holness stated folks could be allowed to hunt emergency medical care, and people with abroad journey plans can go to at or from airports.
In the meantime, regardless of the prolonged curfew hours, the island’s vaccination program should proceed. Some vaccination websites will stay open throughout curfew hours and “no-movement days”.
Relating to managed entry protocols, current procedures, together with the requirement for all vacationers to point out a adverse COVID check consequence inside three days of journey, are to be prolonged till June 30.
“The pre-test requirement doesn’t imply that vacationers don’t must quarantine for 14 days after arrival,” Holness identified, including that “the 14-day self-quarantine interval continues to be applies, and this can be very vital that folks do. “
The present ban on direct flights from the UK might be prolonged till April 13, 2021.
Importantly, vacationers to the UK from different nations might want to take an on-arrival check and look forward to check leads to state quarantine at their very own expense.
If the check is adverse, they might want to full the rest of their 14-day quarantine interval at residence. If the check is constructive, they are going to stay remoted till they get better.
A variety of different COVID-related protocols which were introduced are to comply with.