Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is encouraging Jamaicans who will be returning to work on June 1, to act responsibly and follow the protocols that have been implemented to lessen the possibility of contracting coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimise the spread of the virus.
“We know the measures that we have to take until we get a vaccine; let us follow those measures faithfully and let us be responsible. Together we will overcome this pandemic stronger and better,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister, who was speaking at a ceremony for the National Labour Day project at the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston, on Monday, said while companies were encouraged to have their employees work from home as a part of COVID-19 safeguards, it is important for businesses to return to full capacity.
He also cited a number of issues that should be addressed, including transportation and the care and supervision of children who are no longer in schools.
“How we get back to work in this period of pandemic is therefore of critical importance,” Holness said.
Holness also reiterated that the COVID Economic Recovery Taskforce, which includes several multi-sector stakeholders, is working assiduously to establish the relevant protocols to be followed.
“They are all working on the right set of protocols so that it is safe for everyone to go back to work… that those children who are still at home, because we’ve had to close our school, that there would be enough provisions in terms of allowing for time to ensure that there is the proper care at home for those children; (and) protocols for taking the public transportation,” the prime minister said.