(CMR) Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he is contemplating reopening the island’s ports of entry to facilitate the entry of Jamaicans stranded overseas.
He described the decision as one of the toughest he has had to make, adding:
“It cannot be a wholesale re-entry.”
Prime Minister Holness added that people allowed to enter would be required to go from the airport straight to quarantine sites. That would create massive logistical challenges, the prime minister said, adding that he has asked for a proper plan to be created.
He further emphasized that more resources would be required – including accommodation and testing capacities in relation to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to Jamaican media Prime Minister Andrew Holness says people who will be coming back to Jamaica under the controlled system of return will be required to contribute to the cost of the hotels in which they will be quarantined.
“The hotels are not going to be free and neither will the meals.”
There have been numerous Cayman that have expressed a desire to return to Jamaica. Cayman's premier has indicated that it could be possible for jurisdictions like Cayman that have a direct flight into those countries via Cayman Airways.