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New measures announced by the Government to help reduce the spread of COVID-19

The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister, yesterday announced some additional measures to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please take note of these measures listed below:

  • All Travellers to Jamaica from countries where there is local transmission of COVID-19 will be self-quarantined for 14 days.
  • Hospital visits are now limited to one person per patient once per day.
  • There should be no gathering of more than 20 persons in public spaces. If there is a gathering, individuals must maintain the required 3-feet distance from each other. (Weddings and Funerals included).
  • Bars, night clubs and other places of amusement are to be closed. Restaurants and corner shops will remain open due to the essential service they provide; however, they must adhere to the sanitation protocol stipulated by the Government.
  • Markets will now be opened from 6am to 2pm
  • Jamaica Urban Transit Company and Montego Bay Metro buses are required to carry seated passengers only.
  • Taxis are required to carry one less passenger than their licence allows.
  • The Government will now implement a policy in the public sector, starting March 18, 2020 that requires all non-essential work to be done from home. This policy will last for seven days.