Severity: Critical Alert
Exit/Entry: Jamaica to enforce stricter nationwide 2000-0500 curfew Sept. 8-23. Other COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.
Alert Begins 08 Sep 2020 09:09 AM UTC
Alert Expires 23 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: International travel and commercial disruptions
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced amendments to the nationwide curfew and other movement restrictions beginning Sept. 8, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity. The stricter curfew will be imposed 2000-0500 across all parishes through Sept. 23.
Other internal restrictions remain mostly unchanged, with some revisions to restrictions on movements and gatherings. Most commercial activity has resumed, and recreational facilities have reopened subject to operating requirements. Persons aged 70 years or older are urged to self-isolate. Individuals must continue to maintain at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) between each other and must wear a facemask in public spaces. The following revised and previously announced measures are being maintained as of Sept. 8:
- Public gatherings exceeding 15 people are banned.
- Markets may open Mondays-Saturdays 0600-1900 but must remain closed on Sundays.
- Zoos may reopen 1000-1600; parks may open 0600-2000, and amusement parks and water attractions may open 1000-1800.
- Public transport will be allowed to operate an hour after the curfew starts and an hour before it ends to facilitate the pick-up and drop-off of passengers.
- Taxis are required to carry one less person than they are licensed to.
- All funerals and social gatherings are prohibited; however, burials with no more than 15 people in attendance may continue.
Jamaica's borders have been opened to nonresident foreign travelers, citizens, and legal citizens since June 15, following the extended closure of all airports and seaports to inbound international passenger traffic March 21. However, all arriving passengers will be subject to strict health screenings and assessments. All travelers require authorization prior to travel, requested up to five days before travel. In most cases, arriving passengers will be required to complete a 14-day self-quarantine, but will be permitted to leave their home once a day to go to the closest location to obtain food, medical supplies, or medical services, and to conduct financial transactions. Other entry and quarantine requirements for travelers are:
- Travel from high-risk locations: As of Aug. 20, all nonresident foreign travelers over the age of 12 arriving from the US, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Mexico will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 10 days prior to travel, from an accredited laboratory. All travelers from these locations are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Citizens and legal residents: Travelers are required self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result.
- Nonresident business travelers: Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, and must self-quarantine for 14 days, or until a negative test result is confirmed, if the stay is shorter than 14 days.
- Nonresidents staying in the Resilient Corridor: Travelers for tourism purposes may leave their hotel room and resort, provided they remain in the Resilient Corridor. This area includes the northern coast from Negril, Westmoreland, to Port Antonio, Portland, as well as the southern coast from Milk River, Clarendon, to Negril.
- Nonresidents staying outside the Resilient Corridor: Travelers for all non-business purposes are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, regardless of a negative COVID-19 test result.
All travelers assessed to be high-risk may be subject to additional health testings at the airport. Travelers with a positive COVID-19 test result will be required to isolate at home or an approved government facility for 14 days. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity.
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent hand-washing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.