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Tighter curfew announced for Corporate Area, Clarendon, St. Catherine

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced tighter curfew hours for Kingston & St. Andrew, Clarendon and St. Catherine.

These parishes will now be under a 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily curfew, effective Saturday, August 22, to September 2. The time is similar to what was announced for St. Thomas on Monday.

Churches in these parishes will be prohibited from holding funerals, conventions and other civic activities. However, burials will still be permitted with a maximum of 15 people.

Mr. Holness said an evaluation will also be done to decide whether beaches, water parks and other attractions within the parishes should be closed.

The Prime Minister, who was speaking at a special media briefing Friday afternoon, said the adjusted measures are in response to the spike in cases in the parishes.

While he noted that the spike was "cause for serious concern", he was adamant that it was "not a cause for panic."

Active cases

Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor McKenzie, who also spoke at the media briefing, said the majority of active cases in the island are in Kingston and St. Andrew with 124, followed by St. Thomas with 98 active cases.

Clarendon has 59 cases while St. James has 45 and St. Catherine has 40 active cases.

Motorcades

As the country prepares for the September 3 general election, Prime Minister Holness announced adjusted protocols for motorcades on the campaign trail.

Motorcades will not be allowed to carry general supporters, only party workers. Mr. Holness said a maximum of two coaster buses will be allowed. They must maintain transportation rules, such as no standing on the buses and should not transport more than 15 people.

Cars in the motorcade will be allowed to carry no more than four people. 

The motorcade will not be allowed to stop in communities.

The adjusted measures follow the lack of COVID-19 protocols observed on Nomination Day. 

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