Jamaica announced new curfew schedule until early Nov. 1. Other COVID-19 restrictions remain. Tighter measures in some communities.
Alert Begins 08 Oct 2020 10:00 AM UTC
Alert Expires 21 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nationwide
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: International travel and commercial disruptions
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a new curfew schedule until 0500 Nov. 1, as part of the nation's ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response plan. Persons aged 65 and over 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 curfew will be enforced according to the following schedule, with extended hours for Heroes' Weekend Oct. 18-20:
- Oct. 8-18: 2000-0500
- Oct. 18-19: 1500-0800
- Oct. 19-20: 1500-0500
- Oct. 20-Nov. 1: 2100-0500
Restrictions on public gatherings and public transport will remain in place through Oct. 31. Public gatherings are limited to a maximum of 15 people. Funerals, parties and other events remain banned; however, burials and church services may continue under the 15 person limit. Public transport will be allowed to operate one hour before and after the curfew to facilitate the pick-up and drop-off of passengers. Taxis can carry one person less than that allowed under their license.
Heightened Localized Measures
Stricter measures are being enforced in the communities of Whitfield Town (Saint Andrew Parish) and Waterford in Portmore (Saint Catherine). The curfew will be enforced 1800-0500 until Oct. 20. During this period, the limit on gatherings is six people.
Jamaica's borders have been open 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: All nonresident foreign travelers over the age of 12 arriving from the US, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Mexico are 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 to 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.