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  • Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, is calling on Jamaicans to adhere to the safety measures implemented by the Government to minimise the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including proper hygiene and social distancing.
  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness recommends that persons stay at least three feet apart when they are out in public, especially when among persons who are coughing, sneezing or presenting flu-like symptoms; and that gathering in a public space should not exceed 10 persons at a time.

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, is calling on Jamaicans to adhere to the safety measures implemented by the Government to minimise the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including proper hygiene and social distancing.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness recommends that persons stay at least three feet apart when they are out in public, especially when among persons who are coughing, sneezing or presenting flu-like symptoms; and that gathering in a public space should not exceed 10 persons at a time.

Mayor Williams’ call was made in response to the concern raised by Councillor Eugene Kelly that some Jamaicans are not adhering to social distancing, during today’s (April 14) monthly meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

“Many of us would have seen the crowds at the post offices, tax offices and health centres last week. The staff at the tax office and health centres cannot control the crowd,” Councillor Kelly said.

In response, Mayor Williams said he would communicate with the Commissioner of Police, noting that he is aware that some persons are not practising measures such as social distancing, especially when they are conducting business.

“We have had a very good relationship with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)… as a matter of fact with a lot of agencies, and the JCF has been responsive to us when there are issues that concern us, and I am pretty confident that this is a matter that can be dealt with,” he said.

The Mayor further encouraged Jamaicans to take personal responsibility in minimising the spread of COVID-19.

Senator Williams said that persons may have a false sense of safety and security, especially when they are in their communities.

“In a lot of communities, because there are no clear cases or any hint of any cases, persons make the assumption that everybody around them is okay, but that is not a proper assumption to make,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Mayor lauded the leadership of the Prime Minister in response to the virus, as well as the frontline workers, such as the doctors and nurses.

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