(Jamaica Observer) Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a new round of measures, including a mandatory work-from-home policy for public servants, but no extension of the nightly curfew, as the country continues to grapple with a seeming spike in the number of active COVID-19 cases.
The prime minister also used the opportunity to clarify some of the issues raised over the past week about his Government’s handling of the acquisition of vaccines, including the three basic principles for local administration.
The new protocols, which come at the end of the last extension of COVID-19 measures, and which will last until March 22, include the retention of the islandwide curfew, which will remain in effect daily from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am until March 22.
Starting March 4, work-from-home arrangements are to be organised in the public sector, and only employees who work in critical service delivery areas should be in the physical office locations.
Holness encouraged the private sector to arrange similar rules in managing their affairs to facilitate their staff also working from home.