Jamaica Reduces COVID-19 Quarantine Period for Fully Vaccinated Visitors

Amelia Robinson, CNW Reporter

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(Photo: Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica)

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness has announced that travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will now be required to quarantine for eight days down from 14 days.

Two doses of the AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are required for one to be considered fully vaccinated. Only a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is required for one to be considered fully vaccinated.

Persons who have received only a single dose of the AstraZeneca, Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will still be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine.

The prime minister said that all travelers will still be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival in Jamaica.

The test should be no older than three days. The Prime Minister said that the COVID-19 protocols including wearing masks, sanitizing and social distancing still need to be adhered to while in Jamaica.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness also moved the island’s existing curfew by an hour on weekdays, from 8 pm to 9 pm, and two hours on Saturdays from 6 pm to 8 pm, Sundays remain at 2 pm until July 1, 2021.

The Prime Minister explained to the hours were adjusted to allow for greater commerce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think that is significant and I know small business people and large business people may not be satisfied… they were lobbying for 10:00 p.m., but we have done what we believe is necessary to allow commerce and at the same time prevent a rapid increase in the numbers,” Mr. Holness said.

“So, on Saturdays two more hours have been given, which I think will be useful. Sundays remain the same and we had to do that as a kind of compensatory measure, just to make sure that we slow the numbers that could occur,” he added.

Beaches and rivers will reopen starting June 3. No more than 10 persons shall gather in any one area of the beach at a time. Prime Minister Holness also made it clear that no beach parties allowed only swimming, bathing and exercising.

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