KINGSTON, March 17, 2020 - Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that in wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in Jamaica, all non-essential work must be done from home for both the public and private sector, effective Wednesday, March 18.
At a press briefing yesterday Prime Minister Andrew Holness also announced that hospital visits have now been reduced to once per day and to one person.
In addition, public gatherings with more than 20 people have been banned. Funerals and weddings should be restricted to just close family members.
Bar, nightclubs and other areas of entertainment have been ordered closed.
Markets will open from 6 am to 2pm while supermarkets, pharmacies, corner shops, and other essential services will remain open.
Taxis are now required to transport one less passenger than they are licensed to carry.
Where persons must encounter others, they are being reminded to practice social distancing by staying at least four feet away from the next person.
These measures will last for seven days, with the government revisiting the issue on day five to determine whether to extend it.
There will be a penalty of $1 million or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months for persons who fail to comply with rules under the Disaster Risk Management Act (2015).
The Prime Minister also announced that US$2.2 million is being spent on protective gears, which include more than 400,000 masks that should be received next week.
All travellers from countries where there is local spread of COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton revealed that 340 persons have entered Jamaica from a country of interest; 26 in quarantine in government facilities; 43 in home quarantine; and 23 in isolation. There are now 12 cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica.
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