Jamaica has begun relaxing its COVID-19 restrictions with the reopening of churches for a two-week trial period.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced Saturday’s recommencing of services based on an agreement with the religious community that face masks are worn and social distancing is maintained inside the church.
Holness also said no more than 10 people can be gathered outside places of worship while each person stays six feet apart.
The government is also allowing community bars to reopen on Tuesday while authorities review how the managers are conducting operations.
Under the criteria for bars reopening, social and physical distancing must be maintained and a limit of five people, including the bartender, are to be in the bar at any given time.
Prime Minister Holness said it is crucial that Jamaicans do their best to maintain the integrity of the relaxed restrictions to help move the nation’s economy back to its capacity.
Jamaica has over 500 coronavirus cases and nine deaths.
Meanwhile, three flights repatriating more than 200 Jamaicans stranded overseas has returned to the island. All incoming passengers are in quarantine.