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The country continues to see a sustained decrease in cases of Covid19 infections. As a result, the Jamaican government led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, have relaxed the covid19 restrictions and ease the curfews.  CLICK HERE FOR VERY LATEST MEASURES


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So what are the latest restrictions and curfew hours

Below you will find the very latest on covid19 restrictions in Jamaica! And, we won’t stop here, we continue to update these as soon as new information is available so stay tuned!

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Update (April 15, 2022) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica per prime minister Andrew Holness

Effective April 15th 2022, the mask requirement in Jamaica will be lifted.

Jamaica has continued to move in the direction of what life was like before Covid-19. The government has made the decision to remove the mask requirement for public spaces, effective Friday, April 15th, 2022. As of Friday, both locals and visitors can wear their masks voluntarily.

In addition to that, there is good news for travellers as well. The travel restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, that is, the pre-travel covid-19 test will no longer be required for travel on or after Saturday, April 16th, 2022.

That is right, PCR or Antigen tests are no longer required for entry to the island regardless of your vaccination status. 

However, if a person tests positive while in Jamaica, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days at their hotel or at a government facility.

With the curfew restrictions lifted in March, there are now, no restrictions to travel across the island. Non-essential businesses have now reopened. It is advised that sanitization and social distancing protocols are observed to keep the spread of Coronavirus on the island on the decline. 

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett expressed that simpler measures will increase the appeal of Jamaica to tourists and encourage them to travel to the island.

Just a reminder as we continue to navigate life with Covid-19, not every country has the same protocols. Jamaica has removed its restrictions, but not every country has. While you may not need a test or a mask to enter Jamaica, these may be a requirement for your return home.

Please be sure to check the travel restrictions and requirements for each country you plan on visiting, to ensure you are compliant and there are no surprises.

Update (March 18, 2022) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica per prime minister Andrew Holness

Effective March 18th 2022, curfew hours will be lifted.

All measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) have been lifted.

However, to ensure that vigilance is maintained and the most vulnerable are protected, as well as to prevent a resurgence in cases. Some measures have been retained. This includes:

  • Persons who test positive are required to isolate.
  • Laboratories are required to protect the identity of those who are testing for coronavirus.
  • Handwashing and sanitation efforts must continue.

For those wishing to travel to Jamaica, a negative pre-test is required to be taken 3 days before travel. This will remain in place until April 15th 2022, when the need for this measure will be assessed with a view to its removal.

While there are still cases, they have dropped significantly and Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in his address stated that it is no longer sustainable to manage the pandemic as a special project by executive order.

Although the risks remain, the health and safety of Jamaicans are now up to each individual, after navigating this virus for the past two years. As a result of this, the changes are made to the restrictions are as follows:

  • Physical distancing is still advised but not mandated.
  • Mask wearing in public places such as banks, government buildings and supermarkets will be required until April 15th, 2022.
  • It is advised but not mandated that masks be worn in food and drink establishments, for consumption within the premises.
  • Schools have been resumed at 100% capacity.
  • General infection and control protocols for workplaces is recommended but not mandated.
  • Restrictions to hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities and infirmaries are now matters of policy at the level of the Ministries of Health, Local Government and National Security.
  • Public events are now permitted to be held. The permits include a condition that the number of persons in any venue will be now more than 70% of its overall capacity. This will also be assessed and addressed on April 15th.

Public events are regulated under various bodies including the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Municipal Corporation. Permits must be sought and licences must be paid at these entities.

In an effort to help the entertainment industry recover from two years of inactivity, the cost for various permits has been reduced to 50% until further notice.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness took special time to remind us that this does not mark the end of the pandemic and to implore us once again that we must remain vigilant as a means to protect ourselves, our loved ones and those most vulnerable among us as we continue to navigate life with COVID-19.

Update (February 22, 2022) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica per prime minister Andrew Holness

Effective February 25, 2022, the curfew hours will be from 12pm nightly until the following morning until 5am on March 18, 2022

The current maximum allowed to physically attend funerals and burials will now be 100. This number includes mourners, clergy, and any other support personnel.  As a reminder, burials are permitted only between 9 am and 5 pm, Mondays to Fridays.

The maximum number of persons for events hosted by public sector entities will now be 100.

He reminded us that the maximum number of persons that may be physically present at weddings and Annual General Meetings of companies remain at 100.

And great news for travelers to Jamaica, effective Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the requirement to obtain a travel authorization through the Jamcovid or Visitjamaica platforms will be removed.

However, he indicated that at this time we are maintaining the existing pre-testing requirement for a negative PCR or antigen test conducted within 3 days prior to travel.  

He noted that the government is also reviewing whether it should maintain this requirement or modify it. 

Concurrent with the removal of the travel authorization, effective March 1, 2022,  travel-related quarantine requirements will also be eliminated, however he is encouraging persons to limit their movements for at least 5 days after travel.

The isolation requirements remain in effect for persons who test positive for COVID-19 though.  Persons who tested positive must isolate themselves so as not to infect other persons.

And all the other measures remains unchanged although he hastened to say that in three weeks when these measures expire, the government will undertake a further review and consider a more comprehensive removal of the measures.

They are also looking at getting children back into face-to-face learning as soon as possible.

Update (February 10, 2022) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

Effective February 11, 2022, the curfew hours will be from 11pm nightly until the following morning until 5am on February 25, 2022

The current maximum of 100 persons allowed to be physically attend worship services will be replaced with a capacity limit determined based on the size of the place of worship.

The maximum number of persons allowed to attend will be based on the size of the area designated for worship area divided by 36 square fee.

As an example, a church with a worship are of 5,000 square feet would be able to have 138 persons present.

All the other measures will remain unchanged. Hi indicated that the government is also reviewing the controlled re-entry programme. He has also given notice that the Disaster Risk Management Act will soon come to an end.

In another two weeks, he will also announce the timetable for the full resumption of face-to-face classes in Jamaica.

Update (January 25, 2022) - Curfew Update In Jamaica

Today the Prime Minister Of Jamaica advised that the curfew hours will remain 10 pm nightly to 5 am the following morning, until 5 am on February 11, 2022.

All the other measures will also remain unchanged.

Source: https://twitter.com/AndrewHolnessJM/status/1486061495628832776

Update (January 11, 2022) - Curfew Update In Jamaica

During the sitting of the House of Representatives on January 11, PM Holness announced a further two weeks extension to the  current coronavirus (COVID-19) containment measures.

“This means that the curfew hours will remain from 10:00 p.m. nightly to 5:00 a.m. the following morning, until 5:00 a.m. on January 28, 2022.

All the other measures will also remain unchanged,” he said.

Update (December 10, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

More relaxed hours are here folks!  The holidays just got better!! Jamaicans are being rewarded for relatively good behavior as promised by Prime Minister Andrew Holness a few weeks ago.  During the sitting of the House of Representatives presentation held on Tuesday December 7, 2021, Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Andrew Holness announced improved curfew hours as the Christmas holidays fast approaches. 

These adjustments are welcomed by many Jamaicans including members of Parliament who greeted the news with numerous applause and thumping of the desks.  

Despite the threat of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus which is expected to lead to a fourth wave of the virus once detected in the island, Jamaicans have been looking forward to the extended hours for the holiday period. 

Prime Minister Holness advised that the decision for the relaxation is to allow persons to enjoy the Christmas spirit and the festivities that come with the season rather than to deprive persons.  However, the maintenance of these hours will depend on how well people behave. The intent is to have people behave responsibly.

Here (below) are the new curfew hours, including all the containment measures.

New Curfew Hours - December 10, 2021 to January 13, 2022.

Effective December 10, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays - Sundays - starting 10:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning. It was previously 9pm to 5am.

Exceptions:

  • December 24, 2021 (Christmas Eve/Grand Market) -  starting at 1:00 a.m. (Christmas Day)

  • December 31, 2021 (New Year’s Eve) – starting at 1:00 a.m. ( New Year’s Day)

Other Measures

  • Places of Worship -  No changes to previous order (below) effective November 16, 2021. 
  • Gathering Limits – remains at 10 persons, same as before.
  • Gyms, Dining Establishments, Bars, Zoos, Parks -  Still no changes to earlier order on Wednesday August 11, 2021

  • Night Clubs – No changes to previous order.

  • Events -  No changes to previous order (effective Wednesday August 25, 2021) 

  • Public Events - A maximum of 50 persons allowed to attend public events such as ground-breaking ceremonies, all guests must be fully vaccinated. 

  • AGMs-   Remains at a maximum of 100 persons total as per previous order effective November 16, 2021 (see below)

  • Drive-In-Cinemas -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Motor Vehicles –  (Still no change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)
  • Controlled Entry –  (Still no change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Stay Home Order -  (Still no change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Weddings -  This remains at a maximum of 100 persons total as per previous orders effective November 16, 2021.

  • Funerals -  No Changes, remains the same as previous order effective November 16, 2021.

  • Burials – No Changes, remains the same as previous order effective November 16, 2021.

  • Places of Recreation -  Opening hours extended by one hour to 5:00 pm daily for beaches, water parks, zoos and attractions.


  • Public beaches – No changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.

  • For Rivers – Opening hours extended by one hour to 5:00pm daily.

  • Gaming Arcades-  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 27, 2021, see below)

Prime Minister Holness continues to appeal to citizens to behave in a responsible manner especially during this festive season bearing in mind that the virus continues to be a threat. With that in mind, Happy Holidays!!!

That’s all for now folks!  Remember to stay tuned for more updates!


References and Sources:

  • https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Holness_announces_relaxed_COVID_curfew_for_Christmas_period?profile=1228
  • https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/curfew-measures-relaxed-grand-market-new-years-eve-activities
  • https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20211207/new-covid-curfew-hours-announced

Update (November 16, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

It keeps getting better folks! It’s more relief after another three weeks of relaxed measures!   During the sitting of the House of Representatives presentation held on Tuesday November 16, 2021, Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Andrew Holness announced better curfew hours and welcomed adjustments to some of the current measures especially worship gathering limits. 

Prime Minister Holness advised that the decision for the relaxation is due to the success of health and safety protocols that have been ongoing over the past few weeks, including the significant reduction of the positivity rate and the r-naught rate. 

Though the country’s vaccination is over 1,050,000 doses, Jamaica still ranks far below other countries in the region in terms of vaccination rate.  The country’s vaccinations efforts are still a very high priority and the different modalities are still being used to encourage citizens to get vaccinated.

Here (below) are the new curfew hours, including all the containment measures.

New Curfew Hours - November 18, 2021 to December 10, 2021

Effective November 18, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays - Sundays - starting 9:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning

Other Measures

Places of Worship -   Services will now be allowed with a maximum of 100 persons physically present based on capacity, up from 50 persons.

The suspension on conferences, conventions or crusades continues.

All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as approved form, sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks

  • Gathering Limits – 10 persons, same as before.
  • Gyms, Dining Establishments, Bars, Zoos, Parks -  No changes to earlier order on Wednesday August 11, 2021

  • Night Clubs – No changes to previous order.

  • Events -  No changes to previous order (effective Wednesday August 25, 2021) 

  • Public Events -  A maximum of 50 persons total are allowed to be in attendance, such as ground breaking ceremonies and all guests must be fully vaccinated.

  • AGMs-   A maximum of 100 persons total are allowed to be in attendance - up from 50 persons.

  • Drive-In-Cinemas -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Motor Vehicles –  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)
  • Controlled Entry –  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Stay Home Order -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Weddings -  A maximum of 100 persons total are allowed to be in attendance, up from 50 persons.

  • Funerals -  No Changes, remains the same as previous order effective September 18, 2021.

  • Burials – Attendees increases from 15 to 20 persons.

  • Places of Recreation -   No Changes to previous order. For beaches, water parks, zoos and attractions.

  • Public beaches – no changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.

  • For Rivers – No changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.

  • Gaming Arcades-  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 27, 2021, see below)

Prime Minister Holness continues to appeal to citizens to act responsibly as the virus continues to be a threat, which is also why the public gathering limit is still restricted to 10 persons. With that in mind, let’s continue to look forward to better days!!

Stay tuned!



References and Sources:

  • https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20211116/pm-announces-new-covid-curfew-other-measures
  • https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/pm-announces-revised-curfew-hours-effective-thursday

Update (October 26, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

After six weeks of more stringent restrictions, Jamaicans can now breathe another sigh of relief as there are no more “no movement days”. 

During the sitting of the House of Representatives presentation held on Tuesday October 26, 2021, Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Andrew Holness announced that the no-movement on Sundays will be discontinued and also advised of adjustments to current measures. 

Prime Minister Holness advised that the country’s hospitalization and rate of infection is declining and if the numbers continue to trend in this direction then there could be more goods news ahead especially as  we approach the Christmas season.

The Vaccinations efforts are still a very high priority but the numbers are rather disappointing as as only about 13% of the population are fully vaccinated.  

He advised that several modalities including door-to-door vaccinations and over 240 vaccination sites have been implemented to enable easier access for Jamaicans to be vaccinated.

He was also quick to point out that mandatory vaccinations were not being considered as this would just make persons more resistant but focus will rather be placed on educating people about the situation and that each person would have to take personal responsibility. 

Addressing the Pfizer vaccines, Prime Minister Holness announced that the island is expected to receive a number of doses by this weekend and additional amounts soon after.

As such resumption of the administration of these vaccines will resume as of Monday November 1, 2021.

The vaccines will only be given first to persons who are waiting on their second dose and children between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age thereafter.  He urged persons to take the other vaccines that are available which are just as effective.

The re-opening of schools is also very high on the agenda and Prime Minister Holness has advised that face-to-face classes will resume as of November 8, 2021 for some 376 of the nation’s primary schools based on their risk assessment which the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Health will determine. Parents will be notified accordingly.

So, what are the new curfew hours?  These are listed below along with updated Covid-19 containment measures. 

And, remember we will be keeping you informed by updating the website as soon as new information is made available so stay tuned!

Latest Curfew Hours

These will be effective from Friday October 29, 2021 to December 10, 2021. The new hours and measures are outlined below:

Effective October 29, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

  • Mondays - Sundays - starting 8:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning
  • Sundays will NO LONGER be No Movement Days

Other Measures

Places of Worship -   No Changes to previous order, services will be allowed with a maximum of 50 persons physically present though. 

Additionally, no conferences, conventions or crusades are permitted.

All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as approved form, sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks

  • Gathering Limits – The gathering limit remains at a maximum of 10 persons in public places. 
  • Gyms, Dining Establishments, Bars, Zoos, Parks -  No changes to previous order. Effective Wednesday August 11, 2021

  • Night Clubs – No changes to previous order.

  • Events -  No changes to previous order (effective Wednesday August 25, 2021) 

  • AGMs-   A maximum of 50 persons total are allowed to be in attendance.

  • Drive-In-Cinemas -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Motor Vehicles –  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)
  • Controlled Entry –  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Travel Ban – Travel restrictions for the countries that were previously listed on the banned list have be lifted. The rationale for this is that these countries have managed to control their infection rates as well as have higher vaccination rates than Jamaica. 

  • Stay Home Order -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021, see below)

  • Weddings -  A maximum of 50 persons total are allowed to be in attendance.

  • Funerals -  No Changes, remains the same as previous order effective September 18, 2021.

  • Burials – No Changes, remains the same a previous order effective September 18, 2021.
  • Places of Recreation -   No Changes to previous order. For beaches, water parks, zoos and attractions.

  • Public beaches – no changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.

  • For Rivers – No changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.

  • Gaming Arcades-  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 27, 2021, see below)

Prime Minister Holness continues to appeal to citizens to be responsible the way they behave as there is still the likelihood of a fourth wave and to get vaccinated as this is the only way to prevent associated deaths, minimize hospitalizations, and to reduce the effects of the virus.

Only then, can things return to some sense of normality. He advised that we are at a point where we cannot keep having lock downs and we have to live with this virus.

The Covid Sub-Committee of Cabinet is expected to review the measures in another 3 weeks. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for better days ahead!

That’s all for now folks!  Remember to stay tuned for more updates!


References and Sources:

  • https://jis.gov.jm/pm-announces-new-curfew-hours-sunday-no-longer-a-no-movement-day/
  • https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/back-to-school-Face-to-face_learning_resumes_Nov_8_for_almost_half_of_primary_cohort_Sunday_lockdown_comes_to_an_end_234745?profile=1606
  • https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/sunday-no-longer-no-movement-day-8pm-5am-curfew-7-days-week
  • https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/some-primary-infant-schools-resume-face-face-classes-november-8

Update (September 1, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

Jamaicans are now breathing a sigh of relief. Calls for a relaxation of the strict lockdown measures have been answered. Though the Mu variant of the virus was confirmed in the island last week, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on Wednesday September 15, 2021 during a sitting of the House of Representatives presentation announced that the weekly no-movement days will be discontinued and only observed on Sundays.

He said that “lockdowns” were a last resort and we have to start doing things differently by setting “guard rails” while balancing lives and livelihood - a very daunting task.  

What are these “guard rails”? The Prime Minister stated that curfew times will now be designed to allow persons freedom of movement without the need for unnecessary bundling which works better than having a series of no movement days where when lifted, persons are crowding and scrambling to look about their personal businesses and to even get home from work.

He stated that laws should be designed in a way that makes it easier for compliance. Moving away from those measures means that Jamaicans will now have to take full responsibility for their behavior by following the existing protocols and getting vaccinated. These “guard rails” are therefore reasonable curfew hours for persons to go about efficiently.

Vaccinations efforts are still a very high priority as only about 7% of the population is vaccinated though the target for the month of September is expected to be reached by tomorrow which is a good sign. 

A number of measures will be employed to ramp up the vaccination efforts over the coming weeks. Addressing the suspension of the administration of the Pfizer vaccine due to a delay from the United States, he sought to assure Jamaicans that every effort is being made to have these vaccines arrive on the island with the next two weeks. 

He advised that those scheduled for their second doses should not worry as the second dose can be administered even up to 12 weeks after as advised by medical experts. That being said, he clearly indicated that when these vaccines arrive, they will be administered for the original intended purpose – the school children.

So, what are the new curfew hours?  You will find these below along with updated Covid-19 containment measures.  And, remember we will be keeping you informed by updating the website as soon as new information is made available so stay tuned!

Latest Curfew Hours

On Wednesday September 15, 2021, the Prime Minister of Jamaica announced new Covid-19 new curfew hours and a discontinuation of the weekly no-movement days.

These will be effective from September 18, 2021 to October 28, 2021. The new hours and measures are outlined below:


Effective September 18, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:


  • Mondays - Fridays - starting 8:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning
  • Saturdays - starting 6:00 pm to 5:00 am Monday morning
  • Sundays – No Movement Day

N.B. Monday October 18, 2021 (National Heroes Day) is also a No-Movement day 

Outside of the following (below), all other orders remain as per the previous announcement on September 1.

Places of Worship -   No Changes to previous order, services will be allowed with a maximum of 20 persons physically present. 

Additionally, no conferences, conventions or crusades are permitted during the no-movement period.

Funerals -  Effective September 18, 2021, funeral services will now be permitted.  A maximum of 20 persons will be allowed including clergy and support personnel.

Burials – Effective September 18, 2021, existing protocols will continue with the maximum number of persons remaining at 15.

Burials will be permitted during week days between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm but not on a weekend or Public holiday.

Rescheduling of burials may be allowed on days that are no-movement days in the event of heavy rains or natural disasters that may have disrupted the original schedule. Funeral directors would need to apply to ODPEM for approval.


Other Sources:

https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210818/22-cases-covid-19-delta-variant-confirmed-jamaica

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/front-page/lockdown-church-leaders-give-support-ahead-of-government-s-7-no-movement-days_229267?profile=1606

https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/more-details-strict-covid-19-measures-announced-holness

https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vaccination_blitz_for_high_school_students?profile=6846

Update (September 1, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

The Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus is wreaking havoc in Jamaica.  The cases are soaring, there is a serious lack of oxygen, hospitals are full, and the death numbers are climbing. This is now a crisis situation.

A total of 31 deaths were announced on August 31, 2021 representing the period August 23 to August 30.

No doubt the Government has its hands full while they grapple to find resources, and while the vaccination numbers are increasing, the strict measures that were previously implemented will have to be maintained.

As such, the Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a brief digital press conference held on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 announced a continuation of the “no movement days”.

An additional six (6) no movement days have been implemented due to a two week continuation of the restrictions based on recommendations by the Health Ministry.

Vaccination efforts are of great priority especially among schoolers over the age of 12 and just about anyone else who is willing to be vaccinated.

More focus will be placed on mobilization efforts over the coming days to get persons out to the vaccination sites as well as provision of transportation for them. 

The Prime Minister noted that since the “no movement days” were implemented, the cases appear to be trending down which is not a sign of celebration but early signs of improvement as it shows that the “lockdown” strategy or tighter measures appears to be working.

So, more “lockdown”,  what are the new curfew hours? 

You will find these below , however, no new measures were announced. Remember we will keep you posted by updating the website as soon as more information becomes available . Stay tuned!

New Curfew Hours

Effective September 3, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

Wednesdays to Fridays – will remain at 7:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning

Saturdays – will remain at will remain at 6:00pm and end at 5:00am Wednesday morning


The no movement days are as follows:

  • Sunday – September 5
  • Monday – September 6
  • Tuesday – September 7


  • Sunday – September 12
  • Monday – September 13
  • Tuesday – September 14

This will remain in place until September 17, 2021.


Places of Worship -   No Changes to previous order, services will be allowed with a maximum of 20 persons physically present. 


Additionally, no conferences, conventions or crusades are permitted during the no-movement period.



Funerals -  Effective September 18, 2021, funeral services will now be permitted.  A maximum of 20 persons will be allowed including clergy and support personnel.


Burials – Effective September 18, 2021, existing protocols will continue with the maximum number of persons remaining at 15. Burials will be permitted during week days between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm but not on a weekend or Public holiday. Rescheduling of burials may be allowed on days that are no-movement days in the event of heavy rains or natural disasters that may have disrupted the original schedule. Funeral directors would need to apply to ODPEM for approval.


Update (August 19, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

Stricter measures are here friends!  And it is no surprise. Over the past two weeks the spike in cases has significantly increased, averaging around 500 daily, with positivity rate at 41.9%  and for obvious reasons.  The Delta variant of the virus was confirmed in Jamaica in a news release on August 18, 2021. Of 60 samples that were tested, the results for 40 were received and of the 40, 22 were positive. This was over three weeks ago so as you can imagine, it has been spreading and rapidly. 

Drastic times calls for drastic measures and the announcement by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on Thursday August 19, 2021 was nothing short of it and certainly nothing that Jamaicans wanted to hear. Seven (7) No-Movement Days!!!!

Vaccinations efforts are being ramped up significantly all over the island and with the new measures, the expectation is that this will result in fewer and less severe cases and ultimately less deaths. The re-opening of schools is still very much high on the agenda  but the target for mid-September might be thwarted due to the presence of the Delta variant.  More to come on that.

So, what are the new dreaded curfew hours?  You will find these below along with updated Covid-19 containment measures.  And, remember we will be keeping you informed by updating the website as soon as new information is made available so stay tuned!

Curfew Hours

Effective August 20, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

Friday August 20, 2021- starting 9:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, (previously 7:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

Saturday August 21, 2021- starting 8:00 pm to 5:00 am Wednesday morning, (previously 6:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

The hours above were extended to facilitate shopping and preparation ahead of the 7 no-movement days.

The no-movement days are as follows:

  • Sunday – August 22
  • Monday - August 23
  • Tuesday – August 24
  • Sunday – August 29
  • Monday - August 30
  • Tuesday – August 31

  • Sunday – September 5

Wednesdays to Fridays – will remain at 7:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, 

Saturday August 28 – will revert to 6:00 pm and end 5:00 am  Wednesday morning, (previously 6:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

This will remain in place until September 5, 2021

Other Measures


  • Places of Worship

    On Sunday August 22, 2021 (the first of the no-movement days) no church services should be held at the building locations. However, on the following two Sundays, August 29 and September 5, services will be allowed with a maximum of 20 persons physically present.

    Additionally, no conferences, conventions or crusades are permitted during the no-movement period.

    All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks.

  • Gathering Limits – The gathering limit remains at a maximum of 10 persons in public places. 

  • Businesses/Workplaces – Some businesses and workplaces are expected to close at noon on Friday August 20 and Friday August 27 in order to allow staff to prepare for the no-movement days.

    Business/workplaces that are still expected to remain open after mid-day include the courts, places that provide services such as finance, transportation, security, health ( including dental, optical and pharmacies establishments) , water, electrical.

    Oil refineries (loading, distribution, retail of petroleum fuel, liquefied natural gas, renewable energy source companies are also included.

    Additionally, other sectors such a public works, sanitation, telecommunication, firefighting, civil aviation, food industries (such as supermarkets, wholesale stores, restaurants and corner shops), loading and unloading of ships, storage and goods delivery at warehouses, wharves, and docks, critical Government agencies such as PICA, TAJ, Vaccination centres, as well as printing services also make up this list of those who can operate beyond noon.

  • Essential Service Workers – Persons in the essential services industry will be allowed to operate during the no-movement days but must have their work ids to present to the police when required.  These include fisher folks, farmers, factory workers, BPO workers, media and those responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure of financial services.

  • Gyms, Dining Establishments, Bars, Zoos and Parks - No changes to previous order. Effective Wednesday August 11, 2021

  • Night Clubs

    No changes to previous order

  • Events

  • Effective Wednesday August 25, 2021 no event hosted by the Government or Ministries will be allowed.   No changes to the previous order for all other events.
    All events that are illegal will be shut down by the police.

  • AGM's

    Effective Wednesday August 22, 2021, the maximum number of attendees will be limited to 20 persons down from 50 for AGMs and extraordinary general meetings.
  • Drive-In-Cinemas
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Motor Vehicles
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).


  • Controlled Entry
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Travel Ban 
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Stay Home Order
    No Change, remains the same per prior announcement effective
     July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Weddings -  Effective August 22, 2021. A maximum number of 20 persons are allowed to attend, reduced from 50.

  • Funerals
    No funeral services will be permitted during the period August 25 to September 7, 2021.  (No Changes other protocols, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021.  (see below).
  • Burials
    Effective August 25 to September 7, 2021, the maximum number of persons allowed will be 15, reduced from 30. No Change to the other protocols, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Places of Recreation - No Changes to previous order. For beaches, water parks, zoos and attractions

    Public beaches – no changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.

    For Rivers – No changes to previous order effective Wednesday August 11, 2021.
  •  

  • Gaming Arcades -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 27, 2021.  

Once again, Prime Minister Holness was quick to point out that despite the no-movement days and curfew hours, the vaccination programme will continue so some sites will remain open.  Persons who have vaccine appointments will be accommodated and should provide evidence of their appointment.

Students 12 years old and older are now required to be vaccinated before entry for face-to- face classes. This has sparked concern from number of parents. Despite this, the Government will be conducting a blitz starting next week, to vaccinate students between the ages of 12 and 18. Parents will be advised by their schools accordingly.

The Prime Minister has made a desperate appeal to the nation to stay home if they do not have to go on the road or work from home where possible. The recurring message – “Tan a yu yaaad”!!


Remember to stay tuned for any and all other updates!

Other Sources:

  • https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210818/22-cases-covid-19-delta-variant-confirmed-jamaica
  • https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/front-page/lockdown-church-leaders-give-support-ahead-of-government-s-7-no-movement-days_229267?profile=1606
  • https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/more-details-strict-covid-19-measures-announced-holness
  • https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Vaccination_blitz_for_high_school_students?profile=6846

Update (August 11, 2021) - Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

The third wave is here folks!  The spike in cases over the past week is like déjà vu from a few months ago.  Major hospitals are operating at more than 100% capacity for Covid-19 patients and over 160% in some cases.  Focus is now on vaccinations as the Government is ramping up efforts to have at least 700,000 persons inoculated in short order. 

In this health minister Dr, Christopher Tufton advised that there is still no official confirmation of the Delta strain of the virus, but based on symptoms being observed and the rapid spread of cases, it seems like it is here.

The re-opening of schools is still very much high on the agenda  for a target of mid-September.  Hopefully with these tighter measures in place and with a reduction in cases, that might be a reality. 

What are the new curfew hours?  Below you will find the  new curfew hours and Covid-19 measures.  And, remember we will be keeping you informed by updating the website as soon as new information is made available so stay tuned!

These will be effective from August 11, 2021 to August 31, 2021. The new hours and measures are outlined below:

Curfew Hours

Effective August 11, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

Mondays to Fridays - now starting 7:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, (previously 8:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

Saturdays - now starting 6:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, (previously 8:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

Sundays  – now starting 2:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, (previously 3:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

This will remain in place until August 31, 2021.

Other Measures


  • Places of Worship

    2021 the order was modified to restrict worship centres to a maximum of 50 persons including support personnel.  This is still subject to physical distancing guidelines based on capacity. The previous order allowed for  50% of the capacity of the area to be used based on the physical distancing rules. (one person per every 40 square feet of the floor space area).

    Additionally, no conferences, conventions or crusades are permitted.

    All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks.

  • Gyms, Dining Establishments, Bars, Zoos and Parks

    Effective Wednesday August 11, 2021 the order remains the same to operate at a maximum of 50% of capacity and one person per every 40 square feet of the floor space area. All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks and should close at least an hour before the start of curfew.

  • Night Clubs

    Places of amusements such as discotheques and night clubs should closed.

  • Events

  • Effective Wednesday August 11, 2021 the order was modified to advise that no events whether small or large such as concerts, parties, round robins will be allowed. No permits will be issued for these events. Previously 50% of the venue based on capacity was permitted.

    All events that are illegal will be shut down by the police.
    Public events such as handing over and ground-breaking ceremonies will be limited to a maximum of 30 persons.

  • AGM's

    Effective Wednesday August 11, 2021, the maximum number of attendees will be limited to 50 persons for AGMs and extraordinary general meetings.
  • Drive-In-Cinemas
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).


  • Motor Vehicles
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).


  • Controlled Entry
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Travel Ban 
    No Change, remains the same per earlier announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

    Additionally, Prime Minister Holness advised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is currently working on plans to facilitate university students from Trinidad and Tobago who are studying in Jamaica to enter the country.

  • Stay Home Order
    No Change, remains the same per prior announcement effective
     July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Funerals
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).
  • Burials
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Places of Recreation

    For beaches, water parks, rivers, zoos and attractions, opening hours will remain at 6:00 am to 4:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 6:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sundays - reduced from 2:00pm. All other measures are per the previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

    All public beaches that are not under any management should be closed.

    For Rivers, as of August 11, 2021, these will be restricted for domestic purposes and for river rafting purposes in accordance to protocols. The opening hours will be the same as for beaches. 

  • Gaming Arcades -  (No Changes, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 27, 2021.  

Prime Minister Holness was quick to warn of the possible re-introduction of no-movement days along with tighter measures in an attempt to curtail the spread of the virus.

As mentioned before he advised that over the next few weeks, the focus will be on vaccinations through blitz centres, communities, employers, religious leaders etc.

Herd immunity is the definitely target to reduce loss of life and to get back on a path of economic growth. Have you taken your vaccine?

Remember to stay tuned for any and all other updates!

Other Sources:

  • https://www.my-island-jamaica.com/curfew_hours_in_jamaica.html
  • https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210809/full-list-new-covid-containment-measures-0
  • https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/pm-announces-more-covid-restrictions-cases-continue-rise

Update (July 27, 2021) - Curfew Hours In Jamaica

The increase in Covid-19 cases and deaths have not gone unnoticed. Statistics have shown that Jamaica is about to enter a third wave of this virus and as such stakeholders in the business and healthcare sector have recommended that Jamaica reverts to the previous measures in an attempt to reduce and curtail the spread of the virus.

After a cabinet meeting held on the weekend, there was a consensus to tighten the curfew hours and some of the measures, all in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

The health minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, advised that there is a strong possibility that the dreaded “Delta” variant of the virus is already here.

The testing process is lagging behind by about 3 weeks. So, by the time this is confirmed, it would have already been here and spreading for up to three weeks!

The re-opening of schools in September is high on the agenda and whatever measures can be taken now will certainly have an impact on that outcome.

Though the current measures were to remain in place until August 11th, it was deemed necessary to make adjustments at this time.

So, what are the new curfew hours? 

Below you will find the  new curfew hours and Covid-19 measures announced on July 26, 2021 by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. 

And, remember we will be keeping you informed by updating this page as soon as new information is made available - so stay tuned!

Curfew Hours

Effective July 27, 2021, the curfew hours will be as follows:

Mondays to Saturdays - now starting 8:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, (previously 11:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

Sundays and Public Holidays – now starting 3:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning, (previously 6:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning)

This will remain in place until August 10, 2021.

Other Measures


  • Places of Worship, Gyms, Dining Establishments

    Effective Thursday July 27, 2021 the order was modified to a limit based on capacity to allow for a reduction from 70% of the capacity of the area to be used to 50%. All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks.


  • Small Events

    Effective Thursday July 27, 2021, the order was modified to a limit based on capacity to allow for  a reduction from 60% of the capacity of the venue to be used to 50%.


  • Drive-In-Cinemas
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).


  • Motor Vehicles
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).


  • Controlled Entry
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Travel Ban 
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Stay Home Order
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective
     July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Funerals
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).
  • Burials
    No Change, remains the same per previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

  • Places of Recreation

    For beaches, water parks, rivers, zoos and attractions, opening hours will now be reduced to 6:00 am to 4:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 6:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sundays. All other measures are per the previous announcement effective July 1, 2021 (see below).

As, you can see there hasn’t been much changes to most other measures that we previously reported, but the Prime Minister was quick to point out that these changes are preliminary to avoid a massive spike in cases and we should be on the look out for more stringent measures depending on how things progress in the next few weeks.

Remember to stay tuned for more updates!

Other Sources:

  • https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210726/pm-announces-new-curfew-beach-and-river-hours
  • https://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210726/roll-back-curfew-hours-business-and-health-interests-recommend-pm

New Curfew Hours In Jamaica as at July 1, 2021

On Tuesday June 22, 2021, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Andrew Holness announced adjustment to the current measures in an attempt to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The new hours and measures are outlined below:

Curfew Hours

Effective July 1, 2021, the curfew hours are as follows:

Mondays to Saturdays -  starting 11:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning
Sundays – starting 6:00 pm to 5:00 am the next morning.

This will remain in place until August 11, 2021.

Other Measures


  • Places of Worship-  Effective Thursday June 24, 2021 the order was modified to a limit based on capacity to allow for 70% of the capacity of the worship area to be used. The intention is to have 1 person for every 40 square ft. or 70 percent of the seating capacity, whichever is determined to be lower. 

    All existing protocols are expected to be observed such as sanitization, wearing of masks and temperature checks.

  • Drive-In-Cinemas-  The capacity limitation will be removed from the number of vehicles but will be applied to the maximum number of persons in a vehicle.  The requirement is that no vehicle should not exceed the maximum number of persons it was registered to carry.

  • Motor Vehicles– Vehicles that are registered to carry more than 7 persons, a maximum of 8 persons will be allowed. 

    For any vehicle that is designed to carry no more than 15 persons, the maximum will remain at 15 persons.

  • Controlled Entry –  All travelers are still expected to present a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of travel and self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival if not fully vaccinated. 

    Persons who are fully vaccinated, meaning those persons who have received both shots of the two dose vaccine or persons who have received one shot of the single dose vaccine will still be required to quarantine for eight days.

    However, as of July 1, 2021, persons who are fully vaccinated will have the option of taking an approved PCR test and can be released from the Quarantine Order once the results are negative.

  • Travel Ban - The travel ban has been extended to August 10, 2021 for South American countries such as Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Columbia, Chile and Argentina along with other countries such as Trinidad and Tobago and India.

  • Stay Home Order -  The age limit for the stay home order remains at 60, however, persons who are fully vaccinated are exempt from this restriction.

  • Funerals -  Effective July 1, 2021, funeral services can be held with 30 persons maximum inside the church, other places of worship or at the funeral home. This includes the clergy, the mourners, and other supporters.

  • Burials – Burials may be conducted between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Mondays to Saturdays and still limited for a maximum of 30 minutes. The limit has been increased from 15 persons to 30 persons at the graveside.

  • Places of Recreation -  For beaches, water parks, rivers, zoos and attractions, opening hours will be from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays and 6:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays. 

    Parks, bars and gyms are still subject to the existing protocols, restrictions and should close at least an hour before the start of curfew.

    Gaming arcades which were closed are now being allowed to reopen under protocols with proper safety measures in place, in order to facilitate young persons. 

So there you have it, quite a mouthful but we are trending to better times with each increase in curfew hours.  Jamaica certainly has a lot to offer and based on the current trend, we are on track to get back to normal soon! 

Remember to stay tuned for more updates though as things change fast!

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So what do you think of these curfew measures?

Do you think we can, and need to, do more? If so, what can we do different, or better? I welcome you comments below.

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References To Latest Curfew Hours In Jamaica

  1. "COVID-19 Measures Adjusted", https://jis.gov.jm/covid-19-measures-adjusted/
  2. "News from the Office Of The Prime Minister", https://opm.gov.jm/news/
  3. "Curfew to start at 11pm as of July 1", https://jamaica.loopnews.com/content/curfew-start-1100pm-thursday-pm
  4. "Curfew hours to be adjusted effective July 1 — PM", https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Curfew_hours_to_be_adjusted_effective_July_1

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