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Jamaica just misses being red listed

Regional 31 Aug, 2021 Follow News

Jamaica is trying to contain its latest Covid outbreak

Jamaica's tourist sector has been dealt a major blow with the United Kingdom advising against all non-essential travel there based on the Covid risks, although it didn’t go on the ‘red list’.

The decision is a shock to industry stakeholders, who were relieved on Friday when Jamaica was spared from being added to the dreaded travel red list. St Lucia and Dominica just missed going on the red list too. All three remain on the amber list despite recent outbreaks.

Travellers arriving from red-list countries are placed under greater restrictions, including a 10-day quarantine and KY$2,300 hotel stay on their arrival in the UK.

The latest development has seen TUI, one of UK's largest tour operators, cancelling all flights to Jamaica until Sept. 11.

Though some Jamaicans are in support of Prime Minister Andrew Holness's latest measures to contain the spread of the virus, they are predicting rebellion should he extend the no-movement days further.

Holness, on Aug. 19, designated seven days as no-movement days, including last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, as well as Sunday past, Monday and Tuesday, and this coming Sunday.

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