COVID curfew for Cornwall Courts and Rae Town

October 24, 2020
Cornwall Courts curfew area
Rae Town curfew area

The Office of the Prime Minister on Friday announced special curfews for Rae Town, Kingston and Cornwall Courts, St James following an increase in COVID cases in the communities.

The curfews took effect at 6 p.m., Friday, October 23 and will run until 5 a.m. on November 6, 2020.

During the hours of the curfew, only essential workers with identification will be allowed to enter or exit.

The limit for public gatherings will be no more than six persons.

All existing restrictions such as mask-wearing and physical distancing will be strictly enforced.

In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said the increase in COVID-19 cases, is of great concern to the health authorities.

"This special measure is to restrict movement of persons to slow or prevent new exposures and hence new infections," said a spokesperson in the statement.

The OPM said there was concern for the high population density of the two areas identified and the high vulnerability of persons within the areas to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors.

The Ministry of Health willl be conducting additional testing, close monitoring of residents for the development of symptoms, with the hopes of early containment for newly detected cases for the prevention of new exposures and transmission of the disease. Sensitisation of members of the communities will also be done. 

In the meantime, the OPM says there will be enhanced monitoring and enforcement of the Disaster Risk Management Order in the business district of Montego Bay.

Special attention will be given to markets, supermarkets, transportation centres, banks and business places.

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