Jamaica Announces Reopening of Entertainment Industry

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The Jamaican government has announced a partial reopening of the island’s entertainment industry following calls from industry professionals that no considerations were previously given to them.

Making the announcements in the House of Representatives, Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said that the restart of live entertainment, as well as social activities, including summer camps and nurseries, will be on a trial basis, starting next Tuesday, July 21.

Gaming lounges, amusement parks and sports bars will be relaxed during the period.

From July 21 to the 31st, small outdoor events will be allowed to be held at established, approved venues. The events include small outdoor concerts, parties, round robins, launches, religious celebrations and festivals.

No more than 280 people can gather for an event. This means a maximum 250 patrons, and no more than 30 additional production personnel, including performers and staff. There must also be visible signs, such as tape on floors or other markings to ensure that patrons observe all protocols, including social distancing.

Each event will also have to end one hour before the nightly curfew, which starts at 11 PM.

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