Jamaica’s entertainment sector to reopen on July 1

Jamaicans are ready for a sweet treat of freedom on July 1st. In a presentation to parliament on June 22, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a partial reopening of the island’s entertainment sector as well as an island-wide curfew adjustment.

Come on July 1stst, the curfew will apply from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday. After a 15-month ban on parties, promoters will finally be allowed to host events, with a maximum of 100 people for small events. Organizers of large events, which include live performances, crusades, festivals and more, will need to go through an extra layer of approval.

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The organizers of major events must first send a request to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports. The ministry will review the request to ensure it meets the requirements.

Once satisfied, the Ministry will forward the request to the ODPEM. ODPEM will consult with the Department of Health and Wellness, the Municipality and any other relevant authority, and if satisfied, the request to hold the event at a specified location and time will be approved.

Unlike some cities in the United States, the government has said it will not require customers attending events to get vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test. However, the organizers are allowed to do so if they wish.

Municipal corporations will reduce event permit fees by 50 percent. Prime Minister Holness also announced that government-owned venues will be offered to organizers of large events without rent.

The list of locations to date includes:

Facilities under the management of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, including the National Stadium Complex and Trelawny Stadium, Fort Rocky and Fort Charles, Seville and the Ranny Williams Entertainment Center, Facilities under the management Jamaica Port Authority, including Falmouth Pier and Port Royal Pier.

Prime Minister Holness urged Jamaicans to be responsible for the new measures.

“In trying to preserve the entertainment industry, let’s not jeopardize the reopening of our schools in September. The stakes are high and it is a risk we are all taking together as a country. Success depends on each of us. So let’s not consider the new measure as free for everyone. Let us pledge to be responsible and diligent as we seek to preserve the livelihoods of so many people, ”he said.

To test the new protocols, the government will host a concert on July 1 at the Port Royal cruise terminal to recognize and celebrate International Reggae Day.