Prime Minister Andrew Holness says pre-testing will now be required for visitors coming from areas considered high risk – Florida, New York, Arizona and Texas.
He says a valid test no more than 7 days old will be required to travel to Jamaica as of July 1.
The Prime Minister was speaking during last evening’s virtual COVID-19 media conference.
The Prime Minister says some 31-thousand people have been processed for travel to Jamaica under the country’s controlled re-entry and entry programmes.
He says an additional 15 thousand have been approved for travel.
All-Island Curfew Relaxed
Meanwhile, the government is relaxing the all-island curfew and other COVID-19 restrictions as Prime Minister Holness says the controlled re-entry and entry programmes have been a success so far.
He says the number of positive COVID-19 tests have remained below what was projected after the reopening of the country’s borders.
Prime Minister Holness was speaking last evening during a virtual media briefing.
He says despite the success, there’s no room for complacency and it’s imperative Jamaicans continue to adhere to the anti-COVID-19 guidelines.
However, Mr. Holness says the success so far has allowed for the guidelines to be reconfigured.
This includes a new curfew time of 11pm to 5am starting July 1.
The Prime Minister also announced a doubling of the number of persons allowed to lawfully gather under the ant-COVID-19 orders.
The previous limit of 10 has been increased to 20 until July 14.
And, market hours have also been extended and will now open to the public on Mondays to Saturdays from 6am to 7pm.
Gov’t To Focus On Entertainment Sector
And, Prime Minister Holness says the government will now give attention to the struggling entertainment sector.
However, he is unable to give a time frame as to when entertainment venues can be resume operations.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
He was speaking last evening during a virtual COVID-19 media conference.