Work from home coming to an end
The mandatory work-from-home order for the public sector will come to an end on December 31.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement while speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday.
"There has been a number of concerns expressed about the loss of productivity that this measure is having. We need to get back to normal but, of course, to do so safely. This is not to say that we are abandoning work from home totally; it will be an option but not a requirement," Holness said.
"Individual ministries, departments and agencies should assess their own circumstances and determine what is best. The goal is to return to full productivity effective the first workday in January 2022. So, the public sector must get back to work at their workplaces," he added.
Meanwhile, the staging of grand market and watch night services have been given a major boost this year following the relaxation of the nightly COVID-19 curfews by the Government.
Holness, also while speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday, said that the curfew hours will now be from 10 p.m. nightly until 5 a.m. the following morning.
"Except for Christmas Eve night, December 24, the curfew will commence past midnight and start at 1 a.m. early Christmas morning and for New Year's Eve night, December 31, the curfew will commence after midnight at 1 a.m. early on New Year's Day," Holness said.
The prime minister also announced a relaxation of the operating hours for beaches, rivers and water attractions. They will now close at 5 p.m., instead of the current 4 p.m.