“The virus is spread when persons move”: Jamaica’s Curfew and other measures extended to March 1

The previous Order under the Disaster Risk Management Act expires today. With just a few hours’ notice, the Office of the Prime Minister has sent out the following press release. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams gave a post-Cabinet press briefing today.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams giving a Post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister today. (Screenshot)

Update on COVID-19 Measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act
February 24, 2021

The Cabinet has decided on the following measures:

The island-wide nightly 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew is being extended for the period February 24 – March 1, 2021. Accordingly, the curfew will commence at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 until 5:00 a.m. the following morning, ending at 5:00 a.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021.

In addition, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has advised schools to focus on students preparing for exit exams at Grades 6, 11, 12, and 13. Other students should not be on the campuses and should be engaged through other established learning modalities.

A further review of various measures under the Order due to expire on February 28, 2021 will be undertaken and an announcement made regarding measure that will be in place effective March 1, 2021.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness is reiterating that the virus is spread when persons move.

Persons are being encouraged to stay within their homes as much as possible and minimize movement for necessary and productive activities such as going to work, obtaining food and medical supplies, accessing medical services, and conducting businesses and financial transactions.

All citizens must continue to keenly observe the infection prevention and control measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19. These measures include maintaining a six-foot physical distance from others, frequently washing hands with soap and water or using sanitizer, and always wearing a mask in public.

“Only through this concerted effort to control the spread of the virus will we be able to maintain a level of productivity to secure lives and livelihoods and recover more quickly from this crisis,” said Prime Minister Holness.


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