Gov’t announces extension of nightly islandwide curfew

by January 14th, 2021

The government has announced an extension of the nightly islandwide curfew and other measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act, until Sunday, January 31.

The islandwide curfew commences at 10 p-m. Nightly and ends at 5: each morning.

Other measures, including the prohibition on parties and events, the public gathering limit of 15 persons, as well as measures relating to travel, burials and weddings are unchanged and also remain in effect until the end of January.

Government says the extension comes as the Ministry of Health & Wellness continues to assess the degree of Covid-19 spread over the holiday season.

It also follows the discontinuation of the special restrictions for Westmoreland, when the measures end tomorrow (January 15).

The Office of the Prime Minister says the interventions in Westmoreland have resulted in a significant reduction in reported cases to 51 active cases as at January 11, with total occupancy at the Savanna-la-mar hospital now 56% for isolation, down from 80% in December.

In the meantime, the Health Ministry notes that the Health Departments in Manchester and St. Ann have begun to ramp up prevention activities and community interventions, after the parishes were flagged as being high risk due to signs of increased spread of the virus.