The Ceremonial Opening of Parliament for Fiscal Year 2020/21 will take place today.
Members of the Senate and distinguished guests are scheduled to arrive at Gordon House in Kingston after 10 this morning.
Members of the House of Representatives are to arrive after 11 am.
The ceremonial opening will begin with the Governor-General delivering the Throne Speech, in which he will outline the Government’s priorities for the new year, which begins on April 1.
The 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure will be tabled on in the afternoon, following the ceremonial opening of Parliament.
Meanwhile, between Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25, the Standing Finance Committee of the House will meet to discuss the new Budget.
On Tuesday, March 10, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke, will open the debate on the 2020/21 Budget in the House of Representatives.
This will be followed by the presentation of the Opposition Spokesperson on Finance, Mark Golding, on Thursday, March 12.
Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, will make his contribution to the Budget debate on Tuesday, March 17.
Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, will make his contribution on Thursday, March 19.
The Finance Minister will close the Budget Debate on Tuesday, March 24.
Meanwhile, the police are advising the public that several roads in the Coporate Area will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic to facilitate today’s ceremonial opening of Parliament.
The road closures will take effect at 8 this morning.
According to the police, no vehicular traffic will be allowed on Duke Street, between Sutton Street and North Street.
On Charles Street, no vehicular traffic will be allowed between Hanover Street and King Street.
The police say also say no vehicular traffic will be allowed on Beeston Street between King Street and Hanover Street.
And, Mark Lane will be operated as a One Way (south to north), between Beeston Street and Charles Street.
According to the police, vehicles with George William Gordon House stickers will be allowed access to these areas.
But, JUTC buses, which normally travel along Duke Street from East Queen Street to Heroes Circle will be diverted.
The Constabulary says traffic personnel will be deployed along the roadways and members of the public are being advised to follow their instructions.