It appears that the government has learned from its relaxed attitude towards festivities during the Emancipendence Weekend, when it did not extend curfew hours and restrictions on activities. The PM announced in Parliament an new Disaster Risk Management Order #14, to tighten things up for the Heroes Weekend (October 18-19):
Restrictions will remain in place through October 31.
Older citizens may not be pleased that the ‘stay at home’ age limit has been reduced to 65, from 70.
Special curfew restrictions are to be put in place for some parts of the Corporate Area, namely, Whitfield Town, Kingston and Waterford, St. Catherine, where curfew started at 6 pm, October 6, 2020 to 5 am the following day, each day, ending at 5 am on October 20, 2020.
During curfew hours, only essential workers with identification will be allowed to enter or exit. The gathering limit will be no more than six (6) persons in any public place from October 7 to October 19.
PM Holness said from October 20 until the measure ends on November 1, curfews will run from 9 p.m to 5 a.m daily. He said this will ease the pressures on quick services businesses and persons rushing home who may find it difficult to prepare a meal.
He added that containment measures are being considered for the Christmas period.