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:
All turns on a countries capacity… “At present, the risk of SARS-CoV-2 virus spread is inherent to international travel. And while this risk cannot be eliminated, it can be accepted and mitigated.” https://t.co/YI6iPNwShg
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.
The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA, is urging the gov't to extend the nationwide curfew to 11pm, for the Christmas to New Year holiday period so businesses can capitalize on profit-making opportunities during the festive season.https://t.co/m4HQt3FvIu
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me twelve Rasta drummers…eleven pineapples standing…ten ‘lawd have mercy’…nine Nine night dancers…eight mateys tempting 🤔 …seven shameplants swaying..six geezers playing…five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten…two fried dumplings…and a chicken patty with curry gravy.
On th eleventh day of Christmas, my Jamaican love sent to me, eleven pineapples standing…
…ten ‘lawd have mercy’…nine Nine night dancers…eight mateys tempting 🤔 …seven shameplants swaying..six geezers playing…five goat kids…four coffee buds…three men cutting ten…two fried dumplings…and a chicken patty with curry gravy.