Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship that has over a thousand Jamaican crew members aboard is to dock in Falmouth at noon today.
His announcement followed several days of heartfelt pleas by the Jamaicans on board the ship to be allowed to return to the island. They were stranded at sea for many weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Holness said the cruise ship workers will be disembarked in groups of 200 every 48 – 72 hours and taken to Bahia Principe. They will each be tested and the 48 – 72 hour period is to allow time for the results to be available.
All others will be allowed to go home and self-quarantine for a further period to 14 days from the date of disembarkation. The home quarantine period will end 14 days after disembarkation. Persons allowed to quarantine at home will need to consent to have their location tracked using their smartphones using the Jamcovid19 app and to video check in multiple times a day while in quarantine.
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