ROOTS FM NEWS: Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday announced a number of COVID measures aimed at increasing commerce, with the relaxation of the curfew measure and facilitating a phased reopening of the entertainment sector.
Among the changes, the Prime Minister announced new curfew hours that will come into effect on July 1, 2021.
The new curfew hours from Mondays to Saturdays will begin at 11pm and end at 5am the following day. On Sundays the curfew will begin at 6pm and end at 5 am the following day. This will be into effect until August 11.
Another adjustment is related to churches and cinemas, where it was announced that the 50-person limit for places of worship and cinemas will be discontinued. Effective July 1, 2021, churches and cinemas will be allowed up to 70% of the capacity of the building.
And for drive-in cinemas, vehicles should carry no more than number registered to carry.
Regarding Travel, a 14-day quarantine order remains for travellers who have not been vaccinated, and an eight-day quarantine order remains for fully vaccinated people.
However fully vaccinated people may be released from quarantine on presenting the results of a negative PCR test in Jamaica
For Funerals, the Prime Minister announced that effective July 1, services will be allowed with a maximum of 30 persons, which includes the mourners and the pastoral group.
Burial measures were also adjusted with the 15-person limit increased to 30, however they must take place only between Mondays and Fridays from 9am to 5pm
For the restart of the entertainment sector the Prime Minister outlined that small outdoor events, including parties, concerts, round robins, festivals and corporate mixers will be now be permitted, with no more than 100 people. For indoor events, no more than 60 per cent of capacity would be required. Organizers will ensure that the covid measures are kept and they must apply for permit to host events.
And organisers of large events like stage shows, church conventions, festivals, general and special meetings will need to satisfy approval process through the Ministry of Culture, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).
The Prime Minister said in the government’s giveback to organizers, there will be a 50% waiver on rental fees for approved venues for large events, however other charges will apply.