Because the begin of the brand new yr, Jamaica has reported a gradual uptick in COVID-19 circumstances. The Minister of Native Authorities and Rural Improvement, Desmond McKenzie has positioned a number of the blame for the rise on celebration promoters and patrons who he says have disobeyed the island’s security protocols.
McKenzie mentioned that over the vacation interval, an alarming variety of events had been held on the island. The federal government had positioned a ban on all mass gatherings over the December holidays, however McKenzie mentioned residents insisted on being defiant.
“I can’t deny that there’s worth by way of leisure occasions. However below the circumstances, I believe a number of what is going on is simply mere indiscipline and disrespect for regulation and order. We now have an issue and I don’t suppose it’s a scarcity of public schooling,” McKenzie mentioned whereas on a neighborhood radio program.
Most of the island’s well-known celebration promoters additionally travelled to Florida to host their annual Christmas events. Movies on social media confirmed huge Caribbean events being held in South Florida initially of January, lots of which had been hosted by Jamaican promoters.
With no native events being granted permits in Jamaica, the Florida occasions had been attended by scores of Jamaican residents who flew to the US for the vacations.
Minister McKenzie mentioned residents that journey elsewhere to celebration and are available again to the island pose a severe public well being risk.
“Fairly a variety of individuals journey throughout that interval. However what we’re seeing goes to create main issues. I’ve listened to the Chief Medical Officer clarify the difficulties that we’re going to face. With that quantity of individuals that I’ve seen on the video and different residents who we aren’t conscious of, it implies that a big variety of Jamaicans are coming again into the island and we don’t know in the event that they’re COVID-positive,” the Minister mentioned.
During the last month, the federal government of Jamaica has shut down Maiden and Lime Cays on account of unlawful yacht events. Entertainer Beenie Man was additionally lately charged for internet hosting an unlawful celebration.