COVID-19 Updates

Covid Case Count

As of September 23, 2020 at 9:30 am, Jamaica has recorded:

  • 5,270 confirmed cases
  • 1,444 recovered cases
  • 3,751 active cases
  • 75 deaths

Curfews and Quarantines

  • There is an islandwide curfew in effect which begins at 8 pm and ends at 5 am each day until September 23, 2020

General Protocols

  • The MOHW advises the wearing of facial barriers (masks) in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Ethics Amidst COVID-19 (PDF)

PSOJ SME Memo on Reopening the Economy (PDF)

Workplace and School Protocols

  • Establish policies and practices for social distancing.
  • Install and Maintain Effective Ventilation Systems.
  • Carry out regular environmental cleaning and disinfection.
  • Where an employer is informed that an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 the Health Department should be immediately informed.
  • The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has advised that schools will reopen on Monday, October 5, 2020.

COVID-19 Workplace Protocols (PDF)

Tourist Protocols

  • Non-residents visiting Jamaica (other than business travellers) aged 12 and over who are residents of locations designated as high-risk by the Jamaican health authorities will be required to obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 10 days prior to their intended date of travel to Jamaica.
  • All residents of the United States of America (USA), Brazil, Dominican Republic or Mexico who are 12 years of age or over, with travel dates of August 20, 2020 or later will be required to obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. The test should be conducted within 10 days of the intended travel date
  • Whether or not persons are required to be tested, they will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica.

Resilience Protocols (PDF)

Protocols For Traveling To Jamaica (PDF)

Church Protocols

  • Effective August 22, 2020 to September 2, 2020, churches in Kingston, St. Andrew, St. Catherine, Clarendon and St. Thomas are prohibited from hostig funerals, conventions and other special events.
  • Burials are also limited to 15 persons.

Event Protocols

  • Small outdoor events such as concerts, parties, tailgate parties, round robins, launches, and festivals with the necessary permits will be allowed every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday between 6: 00 am and  10: 00 pm.
  • Applications for permits must be made to the municipal corporations at least 15 days before the date of the event.
  • A committee will be established at each municipal corporation to receive and review all applications. This committee will consist of officials from the corporations, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Fire Brigade, and the Ministry of Health.
  • A copy of any permit that is granted must be prominently displayed at the entrance of the venue, at least eight hours before the event is scheduled to begin. This is where members of the public can protect themselves by looking out for the permit.
  • All promotions for events must include COVID-19 protocols referring specifically to wearing of masks, sanitisation, and physical distancing. The promoters and patrons must observe government orders regarding closure before curfew times, sanitisation protocols, physical distancing of at least six feet between individuals, the mandatory wearing of masks, and temperature checks, especially on entry.
  • The number of persons at the event at any time shall not exceed whichever is lower of:   

> 230 persons, with 200 being patrons and 30 being performers or event staff or
> Such number as would, based on the square footage of the venue, ensure compliance with the physical distancing requirement.

  • There shall be audible public announcements every 15 minutes during the event, reminding patrons to wear masks when not drinking or eating and to observe physical distancing protocols.
  • Promoters or hosts of all events are required to give full access to designated officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Ministry of Health and Wellness, municipal corporations, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force. These officials will display proper identification.
  • Any person, venue and/or sound system found to be in breach of the permit granted will be barred for six months from obtaining a permit for entertainment events.
  • Any promoter, venue, sound system owner or operator who fails to comply with these protocols is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $1 million and/or 12 months’ imprisonment under the Disaster Risk Management Act. 

Restaurant Protocols

  • Occupancy must not exceed 50 per cent of the capacity each restaurant, and no more than four persons should be seated at a table.
  • Each table should be spaced at least six feet apart and no table should be joined to facilitate large groups
  • Restaurant operators must allow entry to personnel from the Local Government Ministry, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness, who will be monitoring the operations of restaurants to ensure that they are compliant with the stated guidelines.

Election Protocols

  • Only a limited number of persons will be allowed inside the nomination centres.
  • Everyone entering the nomination compound, including candidates, supporters, Electoral Office of Jamaica officials and the media, must wear a mask.
  • Temperature of all persons entering the location will be checked and their hands will be sanitized.
  • Political motorcades will no longer be permitted. Only drive-throughs will be allowed, with a maximum of two coaster busses for staff and they must maintain Covid-19 transportation rules. No gathering or stopping allowed.

MF&G election guide for Corporate Jamaica. (PDF)

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