Changes announced to holding of funerals, weddings and worship services

by March 22nd, 2021

 

While funeral services will not be permitted, the Government will allow burials between March 24 and April 13.

 

However, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there will be restrictions, which will mean that funerals can only be held Mondays to Fridays, and within a specific time frame.

 

None will be allowed on weekends or public holidays.

 

He says agreement was reached following consultations with the funeral sector.

 

The Prime Minister adds that the new arrangements will be strictly policed.

 

Meantime, the police and Municipal Corporations must be advised 2 days prior to each burial.

 

Regarding worship services, 12 persons will now be permitted at the place of worship.

 

However, applications with the names of those to be in attendance should be submitted to the Police Superintendent for the division.

 

 

Mr Holness says he had dialogue with church leaders, and it was agreed that worshipping in the sanctuary at this time would not be advisable given the extensiveness of the spread of COVID-19.

 

The additional measures come as services are scheduled for weekend lockdowns.

 

 

Meantime, as of April 6, the cap on the number of persons permitted at a marriage ceremony will be reduced from 25 to 15.

 

Other measures include the closure of schools.

 

Mr Holness says there will be no face-to-face instruction in all primary and secondary schools in both public and independent schools, until April 13.

 

Other measures including a ban on events remain in effect.