KINGSTON, Jamaica May 19, 2020 — Come June 1, employees, who have been working from home, since March, as part of measures to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19), will be allowed to return to work.
Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, also indicated that the government will not be renewing the work-from-home order, when it expires at the end of May.
However, Holness pointed out that workers, who are 65 and over and those who suffer from co-morbidities, are to remain home.
“We intend to allow persons, other than our vulnerable population, who are working persons, to return to work, effective June 1,” he said, during a virtual press conference on Monday at the Office of the Prime Minister Media Centre in Kingston.
But, the Prime Minister said all the normal infection prevention and safety protocols would need to be in place for the June 1 resumption.
“The various protocols for factories, workplaces, banking halls, etc. are being developed, in conjunction with the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ),” he informed.
The return to the workplace is, in keeping with government’s efforts to encourage the smart resumption of full production capacity.
“This is a further signal that Jamaica has to learn to live with COVID-19,” the Prime Minister noted.
In the meantime, he said the government is working, hard, to ensure that all its decisions and actions are in the best interest of the citizens, and that Jamaica comes out of the pandemic as a stronger nation.