Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie and JMEA President John Mahfood
As the country awaits the announcement on whether no-movement days will be extended, the Chief Medical Officer says the measure has helped to decrease COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie indicated that the health team would be hesitant to recommend a change in the COVID-19 measures at this time, as the daily positivity rates, hospitalisations and deaths remain high.
Dr. Bisasor McKenzie said, while the authorities recognise that there is increased congestion on the days following the lockdown, a relaxation of measures would be too risky.
"Unfortunately, our population tend to relax very, very quickly and when they see the restrictions reducing, they seem to take it as a licence that everything is well and sometimes it is important that you have make big moves in order to be noticed and so that persons will pay attention and recognise that, 'Hello, our positivity rate went up to 50 per cent and over 50 per cent' and you really have to do someting to cut down the level of exposure in the country," she asserted.
She appealed to Jamaicans to take personal responsibility in following the protocols.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness will on Wednesday afternoon outline decisions made by Cabinet regarding the measures.
The Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has called for an end to the lockdown measures.
JMEA President John Mahfood believes enough progress has been made to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
"We think going back to work on Monday and Tuesday is the right move now. Even if we hadn't gotten to that stage, we saw enough problems with the three-and-a-half day lockdown to know that it wasn't working to the best that it could have."
"We don't think that the half-day on Friday was that good because it causes congestion in the afternoons, it causes public transport to be overloaded and it causes shops and banks and remittance places to be overloaded with people, which was counterproductive," Mr. Mahfood suggested.