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Jamaica Units New Native Curfew Amid COVID Spike

Jamaica authorities officers tightened native curfews late Monday following a spike in native COVID-19 hospitalizations within the tourism-reliant Caribbean nation.

Starting August 11 by way of August 31, a curfew will lengthen from 7:00 p.m. to five:00 a.m. Mondays to Fridays; from 6:00 pm to five:00 am on Saturdays and from 2:00 p.m. to five:00 a.m. on Sundays, stated Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s prime minister, in a digital press briefing.


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Industrial institutions shall be required to shut “typically be one hour earlier than curfew begins,” Holness stated. Jamaica’s authorities will “progressively ease in” tighter COVID protocols, he added.

“We now have analyzed how we carried out measures up to now and have heard the issues, criticisms and ideas of our stakeholders who’ve stated that the implementation of tighter measures steeply typically causes congestion and panic,” he stated within the tackle.

Jamaican seashores that are “not underneath administration or management” shall be closed, Holness stated, whereas seashores that stay open will function underneath hours of between 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Jamaica’s rivers, a number of of that are usually accessible to guests by way of excursions, shall be restricted to home use and river rafting solely, “in accordance with the established protocols,” Holness stated. River entry durations will mirror the seaside working hours.

Locations of worship shall be restricted to having not more than 50 individuals in bodily attendance together with clergy and assist personnel, with no “crusades, conferences or conventions” permitted.


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