The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that the communities of Rae Town in Kingston and Cornwall Courts in St. James are being placed under special area curfew.
The curfew will take effect from 6:00 p.m. Friday (October 23) until 5:00 a.m. on Friday, November 6.
A release from the prime minister's office said only essential workers with identification will be allowed to enter or exit the communities during curfew hours.
The gathering limit for these areas must be no more than six persons.
All the other existing restrictions, such as mask wearing and physical distancing will be strictly enforced.
According to the release, the two areas have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, which "is of great concern," therefore, the measures are being put in place to slow or prevent new infections.
It added that there is concern for the high population density of the two areas and the high vulnerability of persons within the areas to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors.
The health departments will be conducting testing and surveillance activities in the areas, as well as sensitisation of community members regarding COVID-19 prevention measures.
Enhanced monitoring and enforcement of the Disaster Risk Management Order will also take place in the Montego Bay business district. Special attention will be paid to markets, supermarkets, transportation centres, banks and business places.