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Jamaica: Ticketing system for COVID breaches could be ready by next week – PM

The Government on Thursday tabled amendments to the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) that will see the introduction of a ticketing system targeting persons found in breach of the law, such as those who refuse to wear a mask in public to help curb the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

Persons who refuse to abide by the limits on public gatherings, and those who continue to promote and host illegal parties and events could also find themselves being ticketed.

The amendments were tabled by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2021/2022 Budget debate in the House of Representatives, said the aim is to have the amendments reviewed by a joint select committee of the Parliament over the weekend “and debate and pass the Bill next week if the Opposition is willing”.

“This would make the new measures more effective if we have this amendment in place,” Holness said.

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