Prime Minister Andrew Holness has carried out harder restrictions aimed toward combating the continued surge of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the island.
Holness stated whereas Jamaica’s case fatality charge of 1.5 per cent is beneath the worldwide common, the variety of deaths as a result of COVID-19 has began to have a “psychological and emotional” affect on the society.
In a press convention from Jamaica Home on Sunday afternoon, he additionally identified that the nation’s hospitals are “stretched”, with mattress areas now nicely over capability.
In that regard, Holness stated the Authorities is compelled to behave by “instituting stronger measures”.
He introduced that efficient Tueday, March 23 to Friday, March 26, the nightly curfew hours will stay at 8 pm to five am.
On Friday, March 26, workplaces might be required to shut at 12 midday. The exceptions might be for important companies, medical institutions, supermarkets, wholesale shops, pharmacies, eating places and different meals institutions. They’ll stay open consistent with the timeline for the curfew hours, starting at 8 pm.
A weekend lockdown will then begin as on Saturday, March 27, with the curfew starting at 12 midday and persevering with by the remainder of Saturday and all the day on Sunday. The curfew will finish at 5 am on Monday, March 29.
From Monday, March 29 to Wednesday, March 31, the curfew will begin at 8 pm nightly to five am on Holy Thursday.
Additionally on Holy Thursday, April 1, workplaces might be required to shut at 12 pm, apart from important companies, medical institutions, supermarkets, wholesale shops, pharmacies, eating places and different meals institutions.
The curfew will then begin at 8 pm on Holy Thursday, and proceed by all the day on Good Friday. It should finish at 5 am on Saturday, April 3.
However the curfew on Saturday, April 3 will start at 12 pm, and proceed by the remainder of Saturday, all the day on Easter Sunday, all the day on Easter Monday, and finish at 5 am on Tuesday, April 6.
Additionally on that day, the curfew will begin at 8 pm nightly to five am as much as Saturday, April 10.
Nevertheless, on Friday, April 9, workplaces might be required to shut at 12 pm to facilitate individuals to conduct their purchasing to organize for the tighter weekend curfew.
The curfew will then kick begin afterward Saturday at 12 pm, extending to all the day on Sunday and ending at 5 am on Monday, April 12, 2021.
On what has been described as ‘No Motion Days’, Holness stated individuals might be allowed to hunt pressing medical care, and those that have abroad journey plans could make their approach to or from the airports.
In the meantime, regardless of the prolonged curfew hours, the island’s vaccination programme is to proceed. Sure vaccination websites will stay open throughout curfew hours and on ‘No Motion Days’.
In relation to the managed entry protocols, the present procedures, together with the requirement for all travellers to current a destructive COVID take a look at consequence that was carried out inside three days of journey, are to be prolonged to June 30.
“The pre-testing requirement doesn’t imply that travellers don’t have to quarantine for 14 days after arrival,” Holness confused, including that “The 14-day self-quarantine interval nonetheless applies, and this can be very vital that individuals accomplish that.”
The prevailing ban on direct flights from the UK might be prolonged to April 13, 2021.
Importantly, travellers from the UK coming by different international locations might be required to check on arrival and await the take a look at ends in state quarantine at their very own value.
If the take a look at is destructive, they are going to be required to finish the remainder of their 14-day quarantine interval at residence. If the take a look at is optimistic, they may stay in isolation till they get better.
Plenty of different COVID-related protocols that had been introduced are to comply with.