As the island surpasses 7,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 100 deaths, the Jamaican government has introduced new COVID-19 measures, which will see a closure of all evening and nighttime activities over the coming weekend. the Hero.
Yesterday, the government announced that it would impose a stricter curfew for the holiday weekend in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island.
For the holiday period, the curfew will start at 3pm on Sunday 18 October and remain in effect on Heroes’ Day, Monday 19 October. After that, the curfew will be from 9 pm to 5 am every day.
In addition, the communities of Whitfield Town in lower St Andrew and Waterford in Portmore, St Catherine have been placed under stricter COVID-19 restrictions which include a curfew starting at 6pm each day, running until 5 the next morning. This curfew will remain in effect until October 20.
The stricter curfews are to avoid a repeat of what happened on the island during the week of “EmanciPendence” when mass meetings and large parties were held throughout the country.
Unlike the Easter and Labor Day holidays when restrictive curfew hours were implemented, this did not happen for the Emancipation Day (August 1) and Day of Independence (August 6) and the common consensus is that the events held have contributed to the massive peak cases.
Other announced measures that have an impact on the diaspora include the antigen tests that are now accepted for visitors. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said this should make it easier for visitors – both tourists and from the diaspora – to meet the pretest requirement, as antigen tests are much more readily available and cheaper than the PCR tests.
Visitors will no longer be required to upload their COVID-19 test results, but instead present their usual travel authorization when checking in for their flight.