Canada warns of state of emergency in Jamaica

Te Government of Canada has updated the emergency status for Jamaica on a travel advisory due to what it has descirbed as a continued high level of violent crime.

The Jamaican Government  recently declared a state of emergency, effective until October 19, 2019 for Clarendon and St Catherine.

Further, a state of emergency is effective until Oct. 28, for St James, which includes Montego Bay; Hanover; Westmoreland, including Negril.

In addition, a state of emergency has been declared for St Andrew, which includes sections of Kingston, which is in effect until January 4, 2020.

According to the Government of Canada advisory, a  'high degree of caution' is issued when there, "are identifiable safety and security concerns or the safety and security situation could change with little notice.

The advisory continued, advising that tourists must exercise a high degree of caution at all times, as well as monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Meanwhile the Candaian Government advisory states that, "violent crime, including armed robbery and murder, is a problem in large cities despite the presence of police to counter criminal activity.

According to the advisory, the availability of firearms is widespread, and most violent drug and gang-related crimes, especially murder, involve firearms. There is a risk of becoming the victim of crossfire in these areas."

The advisory noted that If  visitors  are staying at a resort in an affected area, they are  are advised to restrict their movements beyond resort security perimeters.

Individuals are advised to use transportation arranged or provided by the resort, as well as organized tour operators for excursions and travel to and from the airport.

It highlighted that police may impose curfews with short notice in areas where gang activity is a concern.

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