The Ministry of Health and Welfare remains cautiously optimistic about the country’s progress in the fight against COVID-19 and announces further relaxation of COVID-19 health service rules:
A person may host or attend a social gathering inside a private residence or establishment, provided that attendance is limited to seventy-five percent of the occupancy of the residence or establishment private. All participants must be fully vaccinated or present a valid negative COVID-19 test result and adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
A person may host or attend a social gathering held outdoors with a maximum of three hundred people, provided that all attendees are fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 and adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
The public is also advised that concerts, parties, carnivals or fairs, Junkanoo or carnival parades (including practice rallies) require approval from the Ministry of Health Emergency Operations Committee and well-being.
A person is not required to wear a face covering in a hotel lobby, hallway or casino or in any outdoor setting where there is at least three feet of space between people who are not part of the same household.
Disabled persons or persons with specified medical conditions are not required to wear a mask provided that such persons have in their possession a medical certificate or a letter signed by a doctor proving the existence of such a handicap or such a medical condition.
The public is reminded that everyone is encouraged to wear a face mask when away from their residence and in the company of people who are not part of their household. A face mask should fit snugly to the wearer’s face, ensuring that their nose and mouth are covered at all times.
Commercial establishments are required to refuse entry to anyone not wearing a face covering or not wearing a face covering as described in the paragraph above. They must also ensure that their employees are equipped with face masks and wear them in the same way at all times in the presence of other employees or customers.
Social distancing requirement
Individuals should practice physical distancing of at least three feet between themselves and others who are not part of the same household when away from their residence.
Business establishments must ensure that all customers and staff maintain a physical distance between themselves and others of at least three feet when inside or while waiting to enter outside the business.
Businesses should determine the number of people permitted to enter the business at any time on the basis of one person for every thirty square feet of floor space that is not occupied by furniture, fixtures or machinery and which is accessible to the public.
Businesses must have distancing markers three feet apart, indicating where each customer should stand in a line while waiting to enter or leave.
All educational institutions must adhere to guidelines issued or approved by the Department of Health and Wellness for physical distancing from people in a classroom and otherwise on campus.
All restaurants must ensure that seating is arranged so that there is at least three feet of spacing between each meal.
Any person who fails to wear a face covering in accordance with this rule commits an offense and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars or to imprisonment for n not exceeding one month or both such fine and imprisonment.
A person who hosts or attends a social gathering contrary to this rule commits an offense and is liable on summary conviction – in the case of a host, to a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars and in the case of a participant, a fine not exceeding three hundred dollars.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare will continue to monitor the progress of the country’s ongoing efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
We strongly encourage all eligible people who have not yet done so to get vaccinated against this virus. Vaccination not only saves lives, it has also been proven to significantly reduce the potential for the virus to spread.