PM Holness announced yesterday some major relaxation of Jamaica’s COVID restrictions, notably easing curfew hours to 11pm to 5am for Mondays to Saturdays and 6pm to 5am on Sundays.
The measure will run from July 1 to August 11.
The Opposition were quick to point out that our situation is still highly vulnerable despite improving trends but with a woefully low level of vaccination.
In summary, the other changes from July 1 are:
Churches and Cinemas
* Places of worship – current limit of 50 to move to a capacity-based system. This is where churches can use a measurement of one person for every 40 square feet or 70% of their capacity to conduct services.
* Indoor theatres and Cinemas – These places of amusements are to be allowed to open. They can use the measurement of one person for every 40 square feet or 70% of seated capacity, whichever is lower.
* For drive-in – vehicles should carry no more than the number it is registered to carry.
* COVID-19 testing – Persons must continue to present a negative test three days before arriving in Jamaica.
* 14-day quarantine remains in place.
* Fully vaccinated persons – eight-day quarantine remains in place.
* Effective July 1, 2021, persons who are fully vaccinated and return a negative PCR test after arriving in Jamaica will be released from quarantine.
* Travel ban on South American countries as well as the restriction on Trinidad and Tobago and India extended to August 10.
* Persons 60 and over must remain at home until August 10. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are exempted.
Funerals and burials
* Services will now be allowed with a maximum of 30 mourners.
* Burials will now be permitted with a maximum of 30 people up from 15.
* Burials may now take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays only.
* To operate from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
Beaches, Rivers, Zoos and Water attractions
* To operate from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
* 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Parks, Gyms and Bars
* Must close one hour before the start of the curfew.
* These entities are allowed to reopen effective July 1.
Events and entertainment
* Organisers of small outdoor events such as parties, concerts, round robins, festivals, corporate mixers will be allowed to apply for permits to host no more than 100 people (50 for public sector)
* For indoor events, no more than 60 per cent of the capacity of the venue.
* Organisers of large events like stage shows, church conventions, festivals, general and special meetings will need to satisfy an approval process through the Ministry of Culture and the Office of the Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.
* Gov’t will waive rental fees for its venues for large events. Other charges will apply.