August 20, 2021 | Zhane Squire |
In light of the new cases of the Covid-19 Delta Variant present in Jamaica PM Andrew Holness addressed the nation at a virtual press conference on Thursday (August 19). He announced seven days of No Movement to help alleviate the impact of this new COVID-19 strain that is said to be far more contagious.
Those days listed are :
Sunday, August 22nd
Monday, August 23rd
Tuesday, August 24th
Sunday, August 29th
Monday, August 30th
Tuesday, August 31st
Sunday, September 5th
“The normal curfew hours, with the exception of no-movement days as listed, will be 7 pm nightly until 5 am the following morning on Mondays – Fridays and 6 pm on Saturdays. Essential services will still be operational (and in this group I include our fisherfolk, farmers, factories, BPOs and those involved in the maintenance of infrastructure of financial services and the media)”
The PM also remind those persons employed to essential services who must move on the no movement days to ensure they have their work ID to present to the police.
“Even in this group, those persons who can work from home should do so and only travel if necessary. To be clear, on no movement days, persons will be allowed to seek urgent medical care and those who have overseas travel plans can make their way to or from the airport.” said the Prime Minister.
Despite the extended curfew hours, the PM still wants the vaccination programme to continue. Certain vaccination sites will remain open during curfew hours and on no movement days. Persons with appointments to receive a vaccine will be allowed to do so during curfew hours.
On Sunday, August 29 and Sunday, September 5, places of worship will be allowed to have 20 persons physically present. Persons who leave home on these two Sundays will have to carry on their person, an authorization form issued by their place of worship.
No funeral services will be allowed during the period August 25 – September 7, 2021. For the period August 25 – September 7, 2021, a maximum of 15 persons will be allowed at a burial including mourners, officiating clergy, grave diggers and undertakers. Burials will be allowed Mondays to Fridays only (excluding no-movement days) during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The time for conducting the burial is not to be longer than 30 minutes.
Source Office of the Prime Minister