Puerto Rico, Jamaica start curfews and other Covid measures

Two islands in the Caribbean have implemented curfews to stop Covid-19 spreading.
New guidelines for safety and health in Puerto Rico are now in effect until Sept. 23.

Except for emergency services like pharmacies, hospitals, and gas stations that are closed between midnight and 5 am every day, all businesses must be closed. Only restaurants will offer delivery services; only hotel restaurants will remain open for guests.

Masks must be worn in indoor and outdoor spaces with more than 50 persons, regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated.

Andrew Holness, the prime minister of Jamaica, announced that the three-day No Movement Days initiative, which was launched last month in an effort to stop the spread Covid-19, will be reintroduced in September.

The islandwide curfew in the evenings will be in place from Saturday, Sept. 11, through Tuesday, Sept. 14. It will apply from Saturday at 6 p.m. until 5 a.m., Sunday and Monday at 7 p.m. Only essential businesses and workers will be permitted to go out into the public from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Guests at hotels and resorts must stay on the property during curfew hours.

Jamaicans who are going to vaccination sites will be allowed to travel to these sites.

The No Movement Days program aims to reduce the recent increase in Covid cases and to increase vaccinations among residents and locals.

Holness stated that at least 408,000 Jamaicans have had at least one vaccine shot since September 1.

He stated that there had been a slight drop in hospitalizations and cases since the previous No Movement weekends. He said that Jamaicans shouldn't panic. "We have the situation under control so that we can quickly end the upward trend in Covid cases. But this is not the right time to relax."

A vaccination campaign that spans the island has intensified efforts to increase vax numbers through increased vaccination sites and extended hours.