(CMR) As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that there would be seven no-movement days. On these days everyone, except essential workers, is expected to stay at home.
The seven days will be from Sunday, August 22 to Tuesday, August 24; Sunday, August 29th to Tuesday, August 31st and Sunday, September 5th.
Holness said on the no-movement days, persons will be allowed to seek urgent medical care, and those who have overseas travel plans can make their way to and from the airport. Some vaccination sites will also be opened to allow persons with appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The tighter measures we have introduced are necessary because our rising case numbers and hospitalizations are beyond the capacity of the health system,” PM Holness said.
No funeral service will be allowed from August 25- September 7; only 15 persons are allowed for burials. Only 30 minutes is allowed for burials from Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm.
The number of people allowed to gather is 10. A work from home order is in place for the public sector, and the private sector is encouraged to follow.
He urged Jamaicans to co-operate to bring the third wave of COVID under control and to ensure the reopening of schools.
“The sooner we bring the infection rate down, the sooner we will be able to lift some of the restrictions,” Holness said.
He said if the numbers continue to spike then even stricter measures will be implemented.