Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that Jamaica’s national curfew will start at 8 p.m. effective Wednesday, February 10.
The measure will remain in effect for a period of at least two weeks.
The announcement came shortly after Jamaica recorded six consecutive days of record high COVID-19 cases.
Mr. Holness said the situation is serious, a cause for concern and requires a response from the government.
Mr. Holness also noted the effect the curfew will have on the economy saying:
“If the numbers seem to settle then we will go back to either 9 or 10 [p.m]. It is not the objective of the government to kill commerce.
“We do this very reluctantly but having great regard to the fact that if we don’t act now we could overwhelm our health system which leads to either greater problems.”
The gathering limit has also been reduced from 15 persons to 10.
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