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  • The sensitisation blitz, which is focused on getting members of the public to wear the protective gear during the upcoming festive season, is the latest component of the Government's coronavirus (COVID-19) response programme, aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.
  • Addressing members of the public in Water Square, Dr. Tufton said it is important that persons remain vigilant, particularly over the festive season, by observing the health and safety protocols.
  • “Remember to sanitise, remember to wear your mask, remember to keep your distance at least six feet apart and I am asking you to let us be safe over this Christmas season. Let us make sure that we spread love but in spreading that love, we want you to be alive and well in 2021,” Mayor Gager said.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, led a team of health workers on a walk-through of the town of Falmouth, Trelawny on Thursday (December 17) to promote the ‘Mask Up Before You Talk Up’ campaign.

The sensitisation blitz, which is focused on getting members of the public to wear the protective gear during the upcoming festive season, is the latest component of the Government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response programme, aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus.

The Minister, who was accompanied by Mayor of Falmouth, Colin Gager, and Member of Parliament for Northern Trelawny, Tova Hamilton, engaged with residents and handed out masks, hand sanitisers, and pamphlets with information about COVID-19.

Addressing members of the public in Water Square, Dr. Tufton said it is important that persons remain vigilant, particularly over the festive season, by observing the health and safety protocols.

These include wearing a mask in public and private settings, maintaining a distance of at least six feet from other persons, and frequently washing and sanitising hands.

He acknowledged that maintaining social distance is not always practical, because “sometimes you have to sit in the taxi, you have to sit in the bus, you have to line up to go into the bank, and you go into the market. But if you have on your mask, if you carry your sanitiser even with the virus near to you, you can avoid picking up the virus.”

“We don’t want January to come and the hospitals can’t hold people because they have COVID,” he pointed out.

Dr. Tufton reminded residents that COVID-19 remains a clear and present threat to the country.

“I am in Falmouth square and I am coming from St. James, Lucea (Hanover), and Savanna-la-Mar (Westmoreland) because the message has to be very consistent across the length and breadth of Jamaica… COVID is real. COVID is a threat to all of us. COVID can kill or at least can hospitalise you, so we have to be careful this season about this COVID-19 virus,” he stressed.

Mayor Gager, in his remarks, encouraged citizens to spread the love over the Christmas season while abiding by the protocols established by Government.

“Remember to sanitise, remember to wear your mask, remember to keep your distance at least six feet apart and I am asking you to let us be safe over this Christmas season. Let us make sure that we spread love but in spreading that love, we want you to be alive and well in 2021,” Mayor Gager said.

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