Local Government Minister, Desmond McKenzie is calling on stakeholders in the funeral services to hold on for two weeks as the country navigates the current spike in COVID-19 cases.

Minister McKenzie says the current period needs extraordinary measures though he recognizes the strain placed on funeral homes.

The March 8 to 22 ban on all funerals and burials was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness during a special media briefing on Sunday.

It was one of a number of new protocols announced aimed at stemming the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.

There have been public concerns about how the ban could affect capacity at funeral homes.

While some are calling for a shorter timeframe Minister McKenzie says the period chosen was not arrived at lightly.

However, the Minister says the submissions by stakeholders will be examined and considered carefully.

Desmond McKenzie, Minster of Local Government and Rural Development.