The Police are reminding members of the public that the entire parish of St. Catherine will be on lockdown and have echoed similar pleas made by Prime Minister Andrew Holness for citizens to stay indoors, effective 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 to 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.
This is in keeping with the provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Act which was announced by the Prime Minister to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. Members of the public are expected to remain inside their premises unless they are exempted by the Order and should only leave their homes to attend work or business places.
All members of the BPO sector who resided in the parish of St. Catherine are not exempted and should not leave the parish.
All persons who are exempted should provide appropriate identification such as work ID, Passport, Drivers’ Licenses and National ID, as well as proof of their legitimate reasons for being on the road.
Persons who must traverse the parish, including transient commuters should expect to encounter various check-points across the parish. Where possible, commuters are encouraged to avoid traversing the parish of St. Catherine unnecessarily and to use alternative routes. All non-essential workers travelling from Clarendon direction to Kingston are being advised to use the Highway 2000. Those travelling from St. Ann direction to Kingston should use the North-South Highway, as access to the highway from St. Catherine will be restricted. Only essential workers with appropriate identification will be allowed access to Kingston from St. Catherine via the Mandela Highway.
The public will be further advised of the check-points across the parish. For additional information, members of the public may contact the JCF COVID Command Centre at 876-702-5106 or 876-702-5108.