Bars at several Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) police stations across the Corporate Area are operating in breach of a ban by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The shutdown of drinking parlours, nightclubs and entertainment venues, which was initially effective for seven days starting March 18, was yesterday extended to April 23.
However, bars operating at police stations, such as Matilda’s Corner, nearby the Office of the Police Commissioner, were observed yesterday breaching the law with impunity.
The Gleaner visited five locations, four of which were accessible and open not only to police personnel, but to the public. The Gleaner witnessed purchases being made at the Kingston Central and Hunts Bay police stations.
Yesterday, at 5 p.m., the Matilda’s Corner Police Station in Liguanea was in full swing with cops in high spirits in the company of the bartender. At this location, social-distancing protocols – of persons standing one metre apart – was not being enforced.
A policeman at the Matilda’s Corner Station confirmed to The Gleaner via phone that the police bar closes at 10 p.m.