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Jamaica: Cabinet to review funeral, burial ban

The country could know early next week whether the Government will reverse its decision to ban funerals for two weeks as of Monday, March 8 as part of efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the island.

The ban, which is to remain in force until March 22, was announced last Sunday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who noted that Jamaicans were not adhering to limits on gatherings which is a maximum of 15 for funeral services and burials. The 15 limit includes members of the clergy and workers at the grave site.

There has been widespread pushback from several quarters against the impending ban, and on Thursday, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, said the Administration is reviewing submissions from stakeholders in the funeral industry.

McKenzie, who was addressing the Standing Finance Committee’s meeting to examine the 2021-2022 Estimates of Expenditure, said the submissions from the funeral industry are expected to be considered by the Cabinet, which meets on Monday.

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