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Campaigners banned from entering homes

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 1:01 AM

Political party workers will not be allowed to take their campaigns into the homes of constituents, Jamaica’s Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown announced on Sunday.

The August 12 Campaign 2020 Guidelines have been amended to limit interaction to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The guidelines initially allowed up to two visitors to engage in walkabouts and door-to-door visits.

“The section will now read ‘No person shall enter the dwelling house of any citizen (elector) campaign’,” Parchment Brown tweeted.

Rising infections and widespread disregard of safety rules have caused the about-face from policymakers.

“This decision is because of the increase in COVID-19 positive growth of persons and areas under quarantine, breaches of social-distancing laws, and rules on the campaign trail,” she said.

The ombudsman urged Jamaicans not to allow any party leader or campaign worker into their home.