COVID-19 Pre-Testing For Traveling And Mask Mandate In Enclosed Areas End April 15

It has been announced that there will no longer be a requirement to do a COVID-19 test to enter the country as the Office of the Prime Minister informed the public that this protocol expires on April 15. Friday will also be the expiration day for the mandatory wearing of masks inside public enclosed places.

The current rules dictate that travellers must present a COVID-19 negative test three days before arriving on the island. However, the other measures under the Public Health Enforcement Measures Order 2022 are still ongoing.

The continuing measures are:

  • A requirement for persons who test positive for COVID-19 is to isolate themselves in their homes until they have recovered.
  • Directions relating to the conduct of COVID-19 testing and the handling of samples and reports by private laboratories.
  • Provisions to protect the identity of persons who test positive for COVID-19.
  • A requirement for owners or operators of businesses, places of worship, educational institutions or other establishments to which the public has access to ensure that handwashing stations, or hand sanitising equipment, are placed and maintained at the entrance of the premises as well as a requirement for persons entering the premises to wash or otherwise sanitise their hands upon entry.

The Health Ministry reminded the public of this while advising the public to exercise caution for their own safety and utilize the infection prevention and control measures when necessary. Meanwhile, the Government continues to monitor and make the necessary changes for the betterment of Jamaica.

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