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Why the gov’t did not impose tighter 'Emancipendence' curfews

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Holness: We began to see where many persons in the society were exhibiting the signs of fatigue.

“There was a great deal of fatigue,” says Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

And that’s why the government did not impose tighter curfew hours over the Emancipation and Independence holidays earlier this month.

Holness was responding to a question from The Gleaner at a press conference today after he announced tighter curfew hours for Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine and Clarendon.

READ: New curfew hours for four parishes

The announcement follows Thursday’s record 98 new COVID cases in one day.

READ: One death, 98 new COVID cases

According to Chief Medical Officer Dr Jaquiline Bisasor McKenzie, the majority of the new cases were contracted over the holiday period.

Today, she said the issues of curfews were “policy issues”.

However, Holness went further, saying having gone through three months of several lock down variations, around the Independence period, people were becoming uneasy.

“We began to see where many persons in the society were exhibiting the signs of fatigue and so we allowed a period, not for breaching but for a kind of normalcy to return,” he said.

However,  Holness said, it was unfortunate that there were breaches of the infection prevention and control measures.

Over the Easter weekend, the Government had started the curfew hours at 3 o’clock in the afternoons to discourage people from gathering.

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