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Curfew relaxed: Beaches and rivers to re-open on June 3 – PM

Jamaicans will be able to splash in the sea again as all beaches and rivers will be fully reopened as of Thursday, June 3.

At the same time, persons planning to tie the knot will be able to have significantly more guests at their wedding during the month of June.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcements Tuesday as the Government took steps to relax some of the protocols under the Disaster Risk Management Act that are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

While the daily number of positive cases of COVID-19 have fallen sharply in recent weeks, Holness revealed that the government agonised over the decision to reopen beaches and rivers.

However, he said the Administration took into consideration the fact that students will soon be on summer break and the length of time the restrictions have been in place.

He appealed to parents to be responsible, noting that it will not be a free-for-all.

The facilities will be opened from 6:00am to 6:00pm Mondays to Saturdays and from 6:00am to 1:00pm on Sundays and gatherings at the facilities will be limited to ten people from the same group or household.

“Go with your known group and stay in your known group, don’t go and mix up all over because that would be a recipe for disaster,” Holness pleaded.

The prime minister said activities will be limited to swimming, exercising and sunbathing.

Beach parties and group games such as football and volleyball will not be allowed.

For persons who decide to head out to sea on their boats, the same rules will apply Holness said.

Meanwhile, persons getting married will now be able to invite up to 50 guests to experience their nuptials.

Holness said the decision to increase the numbers was taken in light of the fact that June is traditionally the month for weddings.

Meanwhile, zoos, parks, gyms, attractions and bars are subjected to the existing restrictions and must close at the designated times until June 30.

Concerts, parties, including tailgate parties and round robins remain banned until June 30.