Church group supports more COVID-19 related funeral restrictions

The Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches has affirmed its support of the government's decision to tighten restrictions on funerals following reports of mourners flouting COVID-19 prevention measures.

Current protocols stipulate that there should be no more than 50 persons at a funeral, depending on the square footage of the church, and no more than 15 persons at the burial site.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is set to announce new restrictions in the House of  Representatives tomorrow.

Reverend Peter Garth, Chairman of the Jamaica  Umbrella Group of  Churches, told Radio Jamaica News that members of  the group have been struggling to get mourners to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

He said some persons who arrive in the island to attend funerals have also attempted to breach the 14-day quarantine.

Reverend Garth said the Jamaica Umbrella Group of  Churches was also in support of the Government ordering the closure of those churches which breach COVID-19 protocols.

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