#COVID19Chronicles-225: November 20, 2020: Christmas is coming; stay home and celebrate in new ways

Minister of health and wellness, Dr. Chris Tufton, and his team brought us up to date in the weekly ‘COVID conversations’ last night and outlined suggested ways to have a Christmas holiday that is still in keeping with our cultural norms—togetherness and mingling—but safe in terms of minimizing COVID risks. Think about creating new traditions that enshrine the measures that have been in place for months, they suggested (some specific ideas are in the Twitter thread below, which also includes a recording of the broadcast.

The team also addressed recent PAHO advice that quarantine of international travellers may not be needed. But, the chief medical officer noted that such an approach depends on each country’s capacity to manage the inflow of travellers and how well the originating countries are managing the virus:

In Jamaica’s case, with the vast majority of tourists coming from the USA, where the virus has spiralled out of control in recent months, it’s unlikely that Jamaica will risk the gains it has so far achieved by risking a ‘no quarantine’ policy.

Meanwhile, some in the business community want curfew relaxed to 11pm.m in the lead up to Christmas.

Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)