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More Covid-19 Restrictions In Jamaica | Corona Virus In Jamaica Update

In another press conference today, March 23, Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, flanked by his team, including the Minister of Health, the Chief Medical Officer and local government minister, made the following announcements - indicating that we are entering the phase of community transmission, a phase where the numbers could rise exponentially.

  1. Persons aged 75 years old and older are not allowed in public domain. Special provisions and certain exception are identified and will be clearly outlined in the published ORDER tomorrow.

  2. Persons aged 65 years and over who works in the in public sector, will be asked to work from home with some exemption.

    If an individual is of that age and is in the private sector, private sector employers are encouraged to consider having them work from home as well.

  3. Schools will remain closed until the end of the easter break.

  4. Every person who enters Jamaica after the 18th of March will be quarantine for another 14 days - in addition to the initial 7 days.

  5. The limit on gatherings will more from 20 persons to 10 persons, effective March 25.

  6. Most of these new restrictions will come into effect on March 25. All other restrictions prior will remain.

    The PM will hold a special digital briefing at 12pm for Children tomorrow.

    Meanwhile Local Government Minister added...

  7. Local markets will continue to operate from 6am to 2pm daily.

  8. There will be restriction placed on barbers and hairdressers now. No more than 2 persons must be waiting at any one time per shop and there will be guidelines on opening and closing times.

    That too will be detailed in the ORDER coming tomorrow.

  9. New protocols will be coming for the infirmaries, including new sanitization procedures starting on Monday.

    At the same time, he indicated that 100 new jobs will be made to ensure the security of the infirmaries and golden age homes. Care packages will be provided to persons on the street.

He earlier indicated, through the Minister of Health, that Jamaica has recorded 21 cases of the covid-19 virus, moving from 19.

Thirteen (13) of which are males and 8 females. 14 were imported, 6 are imported related, and 1 still under investigation.

The average age of the current cases are 48, the youngest is 24 and the oldest 79.

You can watch the replay of the press briefing on

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Mar 24, 2020
Thanks for the update
by: Cheri Avery Black

I had missed the press release, so this update was especially helpful. Now I'll check when is Easter break for schools (normally). At times, I'm enjoying "Schools Not Out" on TVJ mornings.

Do keep safe and calm. It's so important to remember that our response to stress makes a difference...the most effective is living in gratitude. Any time negativity comes in our minds, or around us, it helps to immediately change the situation into a gratitude, i.e. Oh it's so terrible I can't go to school...I am so grateful that I can walk closely outside, feel the cool breeze and soak in the health-giving sunshine creating vitamin D in our bodies.

There's a great free guided meditation online. Just go to and click on Hope in Uncertain Times. Peace.

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