Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, is demanding the government immediately facilitate the landing of several Jamaican ship workers who are out at sea.
He was reacting to a statement issued by Prime Minister Andrew Holness noting that the government is moving to finalize as quickly as possible negotiations to repatriate over 1-thousand Jamaicans who are aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line vessel.
Dr Phillips says the ship workers have a constitutional right to return to their country.
He says the government is obligated to facilitate their return.
The Opposition Leader says the government is dithering on the matter.
Meanwhile, a Jamaican crew member aboard the ship says the Holness administration has requested an advance copy of the vessel’s manifest.
The ship worker made the claim while speaking during a PNP virtual media briefing yesterday.
The guest services officer on board the ‘Adventure of the Seas’ says the government has requested the manifest of the vessel ahead of its expected arrival in Falmouth today.
Only over the weekend, Prime Minister Andrew Holness indicated that with over 6-hundred persons in Government quarantine facilities, the country is now at capacity.
He says it would therefore be at least 14 days before Jamaica is able to accommodate any sizeable, additional cohort.
But, Opposition Spokesman on Health, Dr. Morais Guy, says the request of the manifest in advance could assist the government in determining the number of Jamaicans who could quarantine at home.
The guest services officer says when they arrive tomorrow they would also not be disembarking until May 23 when their 14-day quarantine on the vessel ends.
This would give the government seven days to scale up the county’s capacity both in accommodations and logistics.
Dr. Guy says with the country currently facing capacity issues, the government could also enter into an arrangement for the ‘Adventure of the Seas’ to be used as a quarantine facility.
The Jamaicans would then be quarantined for 21 days on the vessel.