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operate during the hours from 8 am to
5 pm, until Aug. 31, under strict protocols,
while the night to early morning
curfews will continue in place starting
from 11 pm to 5 am, day to day until
It said rules relating to the travel time
for drivers of public passenger vehicles one
hour before and after the curfew remain
the same and that gatherings must not
exceed 20 persons. The social distancing
of six feet must be maintained.
The government said that persons
seeking to enter Jamaica as visitors
must complete the application for entry
through the official website and “if the
person is ordinarily resident in Jamaica,
they must complete the application
through the website.”
Holness said the administrative reopening
of schools will be on Sept. 7, followed
by the phased reopening a week later.
The St. Lucia government
said it was moving
to draft legislation that
will allow for the establishment
of a cannabis
industry in the tiny Caribbean island.
Minister of Commerce and Investment,
Bradley Felix told a news conference that
during a recent Cabinet meeting there
was consensus with regards to authorizing
the Ministry of Commerce and the
attorney general to draft the legislative
and regulatory framework to assist in the
implementation of a cannabis industry.
He said that also included looking at
personal use, religious use and medicinal
use and the establishment of a “license
regime” to govern the industry.
Felix said the draft framework will
have to be reviewed by various agencies
for example the Bar Association and other
agencies for their feedback.
He said the draft framework will then
be submitted to Cabinet for further review
and then it will eventually reach Parliament.
Amnesty International (AI) has condemned
the recent repatriation of 165
Venezuelans from Trinidad and Tobago
back to their homeland.
In a release, AI
researcher for the Caribbean,
lamented that Trinidad
and Tobago criminalizes
irregular entry into the country. This, she
said, is contrary to international human
“Expelling Venezuelans and returning
them to the humanitarian and human
rights emergency they were fleeing from
in the midst of a pandemic, is an outrageous
violation of Trinidad and Tobago
obligations under international law,” the
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