Severity: Warning Alert

Exit/Entry: Jamaica to extend 2300-0500 curfew through Sept. 30 due to ongoing COVID-19 activity; only a few internal restrictions remain.

  • Alert Begins: 30 Jul 2020 09:11 AM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through Sept. 30
  • Impact: Transport and commercial disruptions

Summary
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the 2300-0500 curfew and other existing restrictions related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, will be extended through at least Sept. 30. As before, 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.

Most commercial activity has resumed, and recreational facilities have reopened subject to operating requirements. Remaining existing measures are unchanged. Persons 65 years or older must still self-isolate. Individuals must continue to maintain at least 1.8 meters (6 feet) between each other and must wear a mask in public spaces. The following revised and previously announced measures are being maintained as of July 30:

 

  • Public gatherings exceeding 20 people are banned.

 

  • Zoos may reopen 1000-1600; parks may open 0600-2000, and amusement parks and water attractions may open 1000-1800.

 

  • Markets may open Mondays-Saturdays 0600-1900 but must remain closed on Sundays.

 

  • Entertainment venues may have no more than 280 people in the venue at any one time.

 


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. All arriving passengers will be subject to strict health screenings and assessments. Passengers who are COVID-19 symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at a health facility. Persons traveling from locations designated as high-risk must submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within seven days of arrival. Cargo shipments have continued to operate normally. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several governments have begun implementing recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Advice
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.


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