The Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA, says the relaxed measures could lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases and put the planned resumption of face-to-face classes come September, in jeopardy.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced on Tuesday that starting July, nightly curfews will begin at 11 PM, some parties will be permitted, and churches and funerals will admit more people.

But JTA president, Jasford Gabriel, says considering the general indiscipline of the society, a more cautious approach is necessary.

Stevian Simmonds reports.


Mr. Gabriel says the prime minister has relaxed the protocols far beyond what was expected.

He says that could spell danger.

The JTA president says the government should have taken what he calls a more cautious approach.

He says the authorities should have waited until more people are vaccinated to relax the measures.

Mr. Gabriel says failing that, there’s potential for a spike prior to the start of the new school year.