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Jamaican Govt quarantines communities in St. Mary due to COVID-19 due to spike in positives

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#Jamaica – May 7, 2020 — The Ministry of Health and Wellness in collaboration with the National Emergency Operating Centre at the ODPEM has reviewed the situation in St. Mary this morning.

In consultation with the Local Health Authority, North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), a Quarantine of areas in the parish of St. Mary comprising Dover, Enfield and Annotto Bay (the Communities) (as specifically identified below) for 14 days will take effect from Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:00 AM to Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:00  AM.

The following are the key points to note:
There are a total of 13 persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Communities and our investigations show that there is considerable movement of the affected persons which has increased the risk of exposure to the all persons in the  Communities.

Exposed persons in the Communities may develop infection and cause spread to other members in the Communities resulting in a rapid increase in the numbers of positive cases.  This is due, in the main to the high movement of persons within the affected households within the Communities; the high population density of two of the Communities identified and the high vulnerability of persons within the Communities to severe illness due to age, comorbidities and other socio-economic factors.

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The quarantine of the Communities is to restrict movement of members of the Communities to slow or prevent new exposures and hence new infections by:

(1) Further testing of members of the Communities;

(2) Close monitoring of members of the Communities for development of symptoms;

(3) Early containment of newly detected cases;

(4) Prevention of new exposures and transmission of disease; and

(5) Education of members of the Communities of Infection Prevention and Control measures.

Boundaries for the Quarantine are outlined below: 

ANNOTTO BAY QUARANTINE AREA (PART OF ANNOTTO BAY) – The area of interest spans 0.13 Sq. km and is bounded by a 1.72 km perimeter. 
EAST
 
The boundary will run from its start point at the Pencar River Bridge (Top Bay) and head in a northerly direction along the western edge of the Pencar River towards the coastline.
 
NORTHIt will then run in a westerly direction along the coastline for approximately 0.8 km to a point where a stream from the Pencar River enters the sea (Bottom Bay).
 
WESTThe boundary will continue in a southerly direction along the stream to the bridge at Bottom Bay.
 
SOUTHThe boundary will then run in an easterly direction along the Annotto Bay to Portland Main Road to the start point at the Pencar River Bridge (Top Bay).
 
ITER BOREALE QUARANTINE AREA – The area of interest spans 1.1 Sq. Km and is bounded by a 4.31 km perimeter. 
EAST
 
The boundary will run from its start point along the Enfield Main Road at its junction with a minor road approximately 150m south of the North Coast Highway, in a northerly direction towards the coast for a distance of 0.53 km.
 
NORTHIt will then run in a westerly direction along the coast for 1.64 km.
 
WESTThe boundary will then continue in a south-westerly direction for a distance of approximately Two Hundred and Thirty (230m) to a point south of the North Coast Highway.
 
SOUTHThe boundary will then run in an easterly direction along the southern outskirts of the community to the start point along the Enfield Main Road.
 
JUNO PEN (PART OF ENFIELD)– The area of interest spans 0.47 Sq. km and is bounded by a 2.24 km perimeter. 
EAST
 
The boundary will run from a point along the Enfield Main Road 0.23 km north of the Juno Pen Bridge east for Forty Meters (40m), then in a northwesterly direction for a distance 1.33 km.
NORTHIt will then run in a westerly direction for approximately 0.37 km across the Enfield Main Road to an open lot west of the said road.
 
WESTThe boundary will then continue in a southeasterly direction for a distance of approximately 1.42 km to a point west of the starting point.
 
SOUTHThe boundary will then continue in an easterly direction to the start point at the Enfield Main Road.
EPSOM/DOVER QUARANTINE AREA – The area of interest spans 0.83 Sq. Km and is bounded by a 5.34 km perimeter.   
EAST
 
The boundary will run from its start point where the Dover to Portland Main Road intersects with the Parish Boundary, in a northerly direction along the Parish Boundary, for a distance of
0.23 km.
NORTHIt will then run in a westerly direction for approximately 2.29 km to the
north-western boundary of a property north of the Dover to Portland Main Road.
 
WESTThe boundary will then continue in a southerly direction across the Dover to Portland Main Road for a distance of approximately 0.34 km.
 
SOUTHThe boundary will then continue along an imaginary line along the southern outskirts of the community to the dry gully south of the start point, and then in a northerly direction to the start point.
 

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NATIONAL SECURITY SECRETARIAT INFORMATION NOTE ISSUED MAY 17, 2024

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May 21, 2024 – The Turks and Caicos Islands have clear laws prohibiting the possession of firearms and or ammunition without a licence and strict penalties in order to serve and protect the community. Our Firearms Ordinance, which was amended in 2022, states that:

No person (other than a licensed gunsmith in the course of his trade) shall have in his possession, discharge or use any firearm or ammunition unless he is the holder of a firearm licence with respect to such firearm, or in case of ammunition he is the holder of a licence for a firearm which takes that ammunition.

Firearm and/or ammunition offences carry a mandatory minimum custodial sentence of twelve years plus a fine. Where a court finds there are exceptional circumstances, the sentencing judge has discretion, under the law, to impose a custodial sentence and a fine that are fair and just in the circumstances of each case rather than impose the mandatory minimum.

The Chief Justice is advancing sentencing guidelines in respect of the application of exceptional circumstances. Wider work is also ongoing with criminal justice partners to review the efficiency and effectiveness of case progression, in driving justice outcomes.

It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure their baggage is free of firearms and/or ammunition. Permission from an airline carrier does not constitute permission to bring firearms or ammunition into the Turks and Caicos Islands. Travellers are also strongly advised to search their luggage before they travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands to ensure they do not bring in forbidden items inadvertently. Such offences will result in arrest.

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a British Overseas Territory with a common law legal system, and reserves the right to enforce its laws. All persons, including visitors, must follow lawful process.

The Turks and Caicos Islands welcomes all visitors but reminds travellers that persons in the Turks and Caicos Islands do not have a constitutional right to carry firearms. Equally, the importation of firearms, ammunition (including stray bullets), and other weapons is strictly forbidden, unless licence to do so has been issued by the Commissioner of Police.

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CTO to Focus on Aviation at Caribbean Week in New York

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New York (May 16, 2024) – Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is set to spotlight the future of Caribbean aviation during Caribbean Week in New York, scheduled for June 16-21, 2024, at the InterContinental Times Square in midtown Manhattan.

Under CTO’s annual theme “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity”, the week promises a diverse lineup of activities emphasizing innovation and connectivity.

A key feature of the premier event for travel industry professionals, journalists and members of the Caribbean Diaspora will be the Caribbean Airlift Forum.

Rosa Harris, Chairman of the CTO Board of Directors and Spokesperson for Caribbean Week, will moderate the forum. She emphasized the importance of this session as a critical platform for discussing the challenges and opportunities in Caribbean air transportation.

The session will cover topics including route development, aviation competitiveness, partnerships, infrastructure investment, regulatory frameworks, and market demand strategies. It aims to foster dialogue among airlines, airports, tourism authorities, and aviation ministries, enhancing connectivity and optimizing access to Caribbean destinations.

“In the wake of the pandemic, Caribbean aviation has shown remarkable resilience and adaptability, rebounding strongly in key areas. However, as we celebrate these gains during our Caribbean Week in New York, it’s crucial that we don’t become complacent,” stated Harris.

“We must continue to innovate and address the persistent challenges within intra-regional tourism, which, while recovering, remains a challenge for many of our destinations,” she continued. “Our focus at the Caribbean Airlift Forum is not only on celebrating our successes but also on critically analyzing our challenges to strengthen and diversify our connections to, from and across the region, ensuring a more robust and connected Caribbean.”

The week also features a Business and Tourism Marketing Symposium, the Caribbean Media Awards, and sessions focused on artificial intelligence, crisis communications, and multicultural marketing.

With the support of headline sponsor, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation; gold sponsors Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism; and Diamonds International and the Caribbean Media Exchange, Caribbean Week in New York 2024 is poised to be a pivotal meeting for tourism professionals and stakeholders in the region and the Diaspora.

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CHTA Launches Multi-Destination Media Trip to Showcase Caribbean Interconnectivity and Diversity

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May 21, 2024

 

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is gearing up for its first multi-destination media trip, designed to illuminate the interconnectedness and diversity across the Caribbean. Scheduled from May 17 to 27, this initiative will showcase the vibrant cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and unique experiences spanning St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Nicola Madden-Greig, President of CHTA, expressed enthusiasm for the program and stressed its significance: “This initiative is a testament to the collaborative spirit and interconnected nature that define Caribbean tourism. Our goal is to showcase the diverse offerings of St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, inspiring travelers to explore the myriad experiences our region has to offer.” Although the Dominican Republic had to withdraw due to unforeseen circumstances, there are plans to include the nation in future endeavors of this nature.

Madden-Greig reiterated, “The Caribbean is often thought of as one homogenous place, so if you have seen one island you have seen the Caribbean. This trip will debunk that myth and truly showcase the diversity, mystique, and cultural prowess of our distinct islands. Just like you can explore many destinations in Europe having totally diverse experiences, the Caribbean offers the same opportunity.”

Developed in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, and Cayman Islands Tourism Association, the itinerary promises an immersive experience. Participants will enjoy the stunning landscapes and beaches of St. Lucia, indulge in an exciting layover in Barbados, discover the culture and radiant beauty of Jamaica, and experience the iconic sites of the Cayman Islands.

Strategically timed to coincide with Caribbean Travel Marketplace from May 21 to 23 in Jamaica, the media trip aims to maximize the event’s networking opportunities. Journalists can enrich their coverage of the multi-destination experience with insights and connections from the region’s premier tourism conference.

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