In a press briefing held on Sunday, March 21st, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness announced changes to the curfew hours in an attempt to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The new curfew hours are as follows:
Starting Tuesday, March 23rd to Friday, March 26th, the nightly curfew hours will remain at 8:00 pm to 5:00 am, ending at 5:00 am on Saturday, March 27th. On Saturday, March 27th, the curfew will begin at 12 noon and continue through the rest of Saturday and the entire day on Sunday, ending at 5:00 am on Monday, March 29th. The Prime Minister said that on Friday, March 26th, workplaces will be required to close at noon. This does not include essential services such as: medical establishments, supermarkets, wholesales, pharmacies, restaurants and other food establishments, which will remain open until the start of the curfew at 8:00 pm.
Regarding the Easter holiday period: from Monday, March 29th, to Wednesday, March 31st, the curfew will commence at 8:00 pm nightly to 5:00 am the following morning, ending at 5:00 am on Thursday, April 1st. On Holy Thursday, April 1st, workplaces will be required to close at noon, expect for essential services. The curfew will continue throughout the entire day on Good Friday and end on Saturday, April 3rd at 5:00 am.
On Saturday, April 3rd, the curfew will begin at noon and continue through the rest of Saturday, the entire Easter Sunday and the entire Easter Monday, and it will end at 5 am on Tuesday, April 6th. On Tuesday, April 6th, the curfew will commence at 8:00 pm nightly to 5:00 am the following morning ending at 5:00 am on Saturday, April 10th. Again on Saturday, April 10th, the curfew will begin at 12:00 noon and continue through the entire day on Sunday and end at 5:00 am on Monday, April 12th. On Friday, April 9th, workplaces will be required to close at 12:00 noon to allow people to conduct their shopping and prepare for the tighter weekend curfew.