(CMR) Flights from the UK to Jamaica will continue to be restricted until March 22, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Sunday as he announced a new set of measures to combat an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The new restrictions come as the government expects a donation of 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India this week.
Starting Thursday, March 4, public sector workers, except those in crucial services, will be expected to work from home. The private sector was also encouraged to make arrangements to facilitate employees working from home.
Schools that were previously approved for face-to-face classes will revert to online, with only students who will sit exit examinations permitted to have face-to-face instructions starting Monday. This rule goes for both public and private schools.
The government also placed restrictions on churches. Churches are only allowed to meet online, with 10 persons allowed in the church to conduct the actual service.
As of Monday, March 8, funerals and burials will be prohibited until March 22.
The rules for weddings were more relaxed, with 25 people allowed to attend, including the bride and groom and officiating minister.
All public beaches and rivers will be closed over the next three weeks. However, curfew hours will remain from 8 pm nightly to 5 am until March 23.
All zoos, parks, gyms, and attractions are to be closed by 6 pm;
Travelers to the country will still need to get a COVID-19 test 72 hours before they check-in for flights.
Business travelers must also present a negative test result and will be required to pay for COVID-19 tests done when they arrive in the country.