Jamaica Increases COVID-19 Restrictive Measures

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Jamaica Increases COVID-19 Restrictive Measures

Jamaicans will be forced to submit to an additional three weekend lockdowns, however the curfew limitation hours have been essentially decreased.

Jamaican’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the declaration Tuesday evening in the House of Representatives. He said that while the more restrictive measures forced by the public authority a month ago have assisted with easing back the pace of COVID-19 contaminations, the positivity rate and the quantity of hospitalizations stay a worry for the public authority.

“The weekend lockdowns will be modified for the next three weekends. The curfew will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays [and end at 5:00 a.m. the next day] and at 2:00 p.m. on Sundays and end at 5:00 a.m. the next morning. We won’t be shutting at half-day on Fridays; that does not acquire anymore,” Mr. Holness said.

He said that the wide range of various measures remain to a great extent unaltered, until May 4, 2021.

Concerning COVID-19 estimates that influence the diaspora, the current travel prohibition on the United Kingdom and a few South American nations including Brazil and Peru will stay set up until May fourth. The Prime Minister said that all Jamaicans in the diaspora will in any case need to give a negative COVID-19 test and isolate on appearance. For the present, this included explorers who have been immunized.

“The 14-day quarantine requirement applies even for persons who have been vaccinated. This is something that we will be reviewing as more scientific data becomes available about the risks of vaccinated persons transmitting the virus to persons who have not been vaccinated. But we will also be reviewing it as our internal vaccinations rise,” he said.

Following the declaration of the actions in parliament, head of the resistance Mark Golding condemned Prime Minister Holness for his absence of respect for certain citizenry. Golding said the lockdowns adversely affect the individuals who make their compensation consistently. He said that if Holness needs to expand the stricter measures, he should set up the assets to permit those individuals to endure.