Jamaica Extends UK Travel Ban To The End Of January

The Government of Jamaica has extended the travel ban on flights coming in country from the UK until Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the last 14 days prior to intended arrival date in Jamaica, who may seek to enter the island through another country will not be permitted to enter Jamaica.

Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the 14 days prior to intended arrival date, who seek to enter the island through another country will be tested and placed in State quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours until the results are returned. If negative, they will be allowed to transfer to home quarantine to complete the 14 day mandatory quarantine period. If positive, they will be transferred to isolation at a location that is approved by the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton noted that “The Ministry of Health & Wellness is monitoring the situation in the UK, including the outcomes of virological investigations, while preparing for an expected surge in local cases of COVID-19. These factors will influence the Ministry’s recommendation regarding the lifting of the travel ban.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health & Wellness will continue to work with the various airlines to support the repatriation of UK residents, who are in the island and wish to return to the UK. Cargo flights from the UK will continue to be exempted from the travel ban.

Again, Jamaicans are strongly advised not to travel to the UK at this time. Those who travel overseas including to the UK will be subject to the established quarantine or isolation procedures on their return to Jamaica.

Source: Jamaica’s Ministry of Health & Wellness

Jamaica’s Government Issues New Curfew Hours For The Holiday Season

According to the office of the Prime Minister, the amended curfew hours for both the Christmas and New Year holidays are as follows:

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day, the curfew will commence at 7PM and end at 5AM the following morning. Movement will therefore only be permitted between 5AM and 7PM on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. On December 27th, the curfew will revert to 10PM nightly, including December 31st (New Year’s Eve).

On New Year’s Day, January 1st, the curfew will commence at 7 PM and end at 5 AM the following morning. And from January 2nd to the 15th, the island will return to the 10 PM to 5 AM curfew.

Jamaica Joins Several Western Countries In Banning Flights From The UK

The Jamaican government has just announced that they are joining several western countries in banning flights from the UK due to the new strain of covid19 rapidly spreading in that country.

The ban will be in effect for a period of two weeks, ending on January 4th, 2021. That being said, outbound and incoming flights will be allowed up to midnight, Tuesday, December 22nd.

Other countries that have suspended flights from the UK are: Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran, Colombia and Morocco.

African Reggae Artist Bobi Wine Is On The Frontlines For Uganda (@HEBobiwine)

Bobi Wine is a roots reggae artist turned politician who is working hard to be the next president of Uganda. According to Wine and his supporters, the current ruler – President Yoweri Museveni – is a dictator that must be removed.

Yoweri Museveni has been in power since the early 80s and Ugandans that we have heard from say that his Government has been involved in corruption for most of those years.

Oliver Samuels To Do Thanksgiving Comedy Special

This Thanksgiving weekend – November 26th through the 29th – beloved Jamaican comedian, Oliver Samuels, will star in a comedy special that will air on Jamaica Online Television. Samuels will be joined by other popular comedians for this pay-per-view show, which is similar to his hit TV series ‘Oliver at Large.’

For tickets and other information such as starting time, link to watch etc. visit jamaicanonlinetv dot com.

Rae Town In Kingston & Cornwall Courts In St. James, Placed under Special Curfew

See below an official press release from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health & Wellness regarding the curfew being put in place in Rae Town and Cornwall Courts.

The areas of Rae Town in Kingston and Cornwall Courts in St. James are being placed under special area curfew. This will take effect from Friday, October 23rd starting at 6:00 PM until 5:00 AM on Friday, November 6th, 2020. During curfew hours, only essential workers with identification will be allowed to enter or exit. Additionally, the gathering limit will be no more than six (6) persons in any public place for the period. All the other existing restrictions such as mask wearing and physical distancing will be strictly enforced.

These two areas have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, which is of great concern to the Health authorities and thus this special measure is to restrict movement of persons to slow or prevent new exposures and hence new infections. There is also concern for the high population density of the two areas identified and the high vulnerability of persons within the areas to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors.

The Health Departments will be conducting the following activities in these areas:
· additional testing;
· close monitoring of members of the communities for development of symptoms;
· early containment of newly detected cases;
· prevention of new exposures and transmission of disease; and
· sensitisation of members of the communities regarding infection prevention and control measures.

Additionally, there will be enhanced monitoring and enforcement of the Disaster Risk Management Order in the business district of Montego Bay with special attention being given to markets, supermarkets, transportation centres, banks and business places.

Jamaican-American Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph Releases New Audio Book “Redefining DIVA 2.0: Life Lessons from The Original Dreamgirl” (@thesherylralph)

American actress, singer, author, and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph has just released a new audiobook: “Redefining DIVA 2.0: Life Lessons from The Original Dreamgirl.” More than just another celebrity memoir, “Redefining DIVA 2.0: Life Lessons from The Original Dreamgirl” is aimed at inspiring anyone who listens to it to examine the potential in their own life.

In these highly personal reflections, Sheryl Lee Ralph reveals her first Hollywood audition experience with Sidney Poitier, why she exited so controversially from the TV series Moesha, how she signed away her rights to Dreamgirls for a dollar, how the pain of seeing her friends die from AIDS fueled her passion for artistic activism, and why she is now so full of hope for the future of black and all women of color in Hollywood.

Click here to get “Redefining DIVA 2.0: Life Lessons from The Original Dreamgirl” from audible.