KINGSTON, Jamaica – The government here is set to re-open the Jamaica’s ports of entry for international travelers on June 15.
The announcement was made to tourism stakeholders in a letter signed by Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett late last month.
The announcement came as Jamaicans returned to work on June 1 and various agencies of the state resumed operations on a phased basis following the shutdown caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Jamaicans overseas were also allowed to come home on that date.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton reminded Jamaicans that it is still important for everyone to remain “vigilant in their infection prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
“Everyone must understand that as more persons return from overseas, our numbers of positive cases will go up and there will be increased likelihood of spread at the community level,” Dr. Tufton noted. “We can, however, stop the spread if we apply the measures of physical distancing and personal and environmental hygiene.”
Jamaica’s tally of COVID-19 infections was close to 600 by the end of May, with nine deaths.