The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), has adjusted visiting hours at hospitals in the region in keeping with the curfew hours issued under the Disaster Risk Management Act.

SERHA is responsible for the delivery of health care services to residents of St Catherine, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew.

A release from SERHA stated that the changes become effective on Saturday, April 3, and April 10. Health officials stated that regular visiting hours will resume during the movement period.

The changes are as follows:

Princess Margaret Hospital, St Thomas, and Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston visiting hours are now 9:00 am to 10:00 am.

Kingston Public and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals, National Chest Hospital, Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre, Hope Institute, Linstead Hospital visiting hours 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

At Spanish Town Hospital visiting hours will be 10:30 am to 11:30 am.

SERHA officials in the release apologized for any inconvenience caused and said they craved the public’s understanding.

Meanwhile, members of the public are reminded to keenly observe the infection prevention and control measures to guard against the spread of COVID-19, the release

These measures include wearing a mask at all times in public, maintaining a 6ft physical distance from others and frequently washing hands with soap and water or using sanitizer, the release stated.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on March 21, announced changes to the curfew hours, as part of measures, to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The prime minister also announced new measures for the Easter holiday period.

Holness stated that on Monday, March 29, to Wednesday, March 31, the curfew commenced at 8:00 pm nightly to 5:00 am the following morning and ended at 5:00 am on Thursday, April 1.

On Holy Thursday, April 1, workplaces were required to close at noon, except for essential services, medical establishments, supermarkets, wholesales, stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and other establishments which remained open,” Holness stated, adding that the curfew then started at 8:00 pm.

The curfew continued throughout the entire day on Good Friday and will end on Saturday, April 3 at 5:00 am.

“On Saturday, April 3, the curfew will begin at noon and continue through the rest of Saturday, the entire Easter Sunday, and the entire Easter Monday, and it will end at 5 am on Tuesday, April 6,” Holness said.

On Tuesday, April 6, the curfew will commence at 8:00 pm nightly to 5:00 am the following morning ending at 5:00 am on Saturday, April 10.

Also on Saturday, April 10, the curfew will begin at 12:00 noon and continue through the entire day on Sunday and end at 5:00 am on Monday, April 12.

On Friday, April 9, workplaces will be required to close at 12:00 noon to facilitate people to conduct their shopping to prepare for the tighter weekend curfew.

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