Jamaica to lift COVID travel-testing requirement this weekend 

The requirement for people travelling to Jamaica to present a negative
COVID-19 test certificate for a test conducted no earlier than three days
prior to the date of departure for Jamaica will expire on April 15, 2022.

Also, the requirement for each person in an enclosed place to which the
public has access, to wear a mask fitted to that person’s face so as to cover the nose and mouth expires on Friday, too.

The announcement came by way of a statement from the Office of the
Prime Minister (OPM) on Wednesday afternoon.

The measures were implemented for the period March 18–April 15, 2022,
under the Public Health Enforcement Measures (Coronavirus COVID-19) Order
2022, which was issued on March 18, 2022.

All other measures under the Public Health Enforcement Measures
(COVID-19) Order 2022 remain unchanged at this time. These include:
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 individuals
entering the premises to wash or otherwise sanitise their hands
upon entry.

Jamaicans are being reminded, that while our current case numbers are
relatively low, the coronavirus pandemic has not ended. New variants and
sub-variants of the SARS-COV2 virus continue to emerge.

The OPM said a number of countries are experiencing increases in case
numbers arising from the spread of the BA.2 sub-variant of omicron.
The public is, therefore, urged to continue to exercise caution and voluntarily observe the infection prevention and control measures, including wearing masks in enclosed spaces to protect themselves as well as family members, particularly those who are most vulnerable.

The Government will continue to monitor the situation and respond as
required through changes in the measures to preserve lives and
livelihoods, OPM said.

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