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Local Government and Rural Development Minister Announces Time Concession to Allow for Florists, Gift Shops and Pharmacies to Operate Until 4pm On Sunday May 9, 2021

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has announced that florists, gift shops and pharmacies will be allowed to operate for two hours beyond this coming Sunday’s 2pm curfew. Only persons employed to those businesses will be allowed to be at their workplace or make deliveries to customers during the hours of 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, May 9, 2021, to facilitate the creation/making of and the delivery of gifts celebrating Mother’s Day. Customers will not be allowed to be served at the business premises.

“We recognize that this year, the traditional gatherings and other expressions of love and appreciation for our mothers will not be possible, and so the Government wanted to do something practical to acknowledge the blessing of family on this most special of days in Jamaica, and indeed across the world.

“Though the management of COVID-19 continues to require the observance of the public health measures including curfews, the Government at the same time recognizes the very special emotional place that Mother’s Day has in the hearts of our people. As a mark of respect and appreciation for all our nation’s women, the I want to emphasize that this two-hour extension is exclusively for these entities and persons, to help to spread joy on Mother’s Day. Members of the public are to be off the streets at 2 pm on Sunday, as required by the Disaster Risk Management Order.