Entertainment sector rejoices as Prime Minister Holness eases Christmas holiday curfew

The Christmas holidays have just brightened up a bit for Jamaicans who welcome the extended curfew hours announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday.

The new curfew hours are now 10:00 p.m. from December 10 to January 13, 2022, while on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve it will be at 1:00 a.m.

Many have taken to social media to express their agreement with the new measures, as a number share their plans to attend parties and events (which, coincidentally, have not been given the green light).

Yet some businesses will be able to exist under other leeway, such as restaurants and bars having no gathering limit per se except for them to observe curfew and Covid protocols.

Among those who appear to be planning with the new measures in mind is dancehall artist Bounty Killer who shared a party hosted by his niece on December 18.

“We other nieces show support and so on. C-View We She Shellingz No Telligz,” the artist captioned a flyer advertising Sasha Bling’s drink titled “Swear Mi Haffi Win” to be held at Seaview Garden.

Former Shenseea manager Romeich Major has also denounced the vacuum the pandemic has left in the island’s once-thriving entertainment sector.

“I MISS going to the street parties. I miss going to the downtown sessions. JAMAICA no longer feels like the land we love no more nor lies!!!! We need each other so badly ENTERTAINMENT”, had posted the manager on his account.

Many of his followers agreed as they recalled past times when they had attended Passa Passa parties back then. Others have compared how other places like the United States, particularly Florida, have handled the pandemic by keeping entertainment open and removing mask mandates.

Romeich himself is hosting another barbecue for December 17.

Several other event posters also popped up on social media, but advertised as brunch or barbecue.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has not said whether the measures governing events and large gatherings will change. However, a recent ‘combo’ sex party was reportedly shut down by police in Portmore on Sunday night after police became aware of the event, which took over social media.