President of the MSME Alliance, Donovan Wignall is calling on the government to ease the weekend curfews to 7:00 in the evening.

His call comes hours before Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to provide an update on the measures in the nation’s parliament.

The tighter weekend curfew measures that expired at 5 yesterday morning, started at 4 pm on Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays.

Mr. Wignall says the extended hours would benefit the business community that usually make a large portion of their earnings on the weekend.

Meanwhile, the MSME Alliance President says the business community is not opposed to the weekday curfew remaining at 8:00 in the evening.

Donovan Wignall, President of the MSME Alliance speaking on Nationwide This Morning with Abka Fitz-Henley and Danielle Archer.

In the meantime, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica, Dr. Andrew Manning has a different view and is calling on the government not to ease the COVID-19 restrictions in an effort to stabilise the positivity rate.

Last week the country’s Chief Medical Officer ,Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie warned the country that a rush to lift the current restrictions could risk a third, more dangerous spread of COVID-19 across the country.

Dr. Manning is urging the Prime Minister to listen to the advise of the nation’s medical experts.

The MAJ President says all stakeholders need to find ways of treating with the weekend shopping rush under the earlier lockdown measures, but again voiced his opposition with easing the curfew hours.

And, Dr. Manning in reacting to the UK travel ban is calling for stricter enforcement of the at home quarantine protocols.

The MAJ President is also appealing for the authorities to conduct more testing.

Dr. Andrew Manning , President of the Medical Association of Jamaica.