Meanwhile, the curfew remains in effect until August fifteen and it is expected that it will be extended yet again thereafter. For adults, the curfew hours are from ten p.m. to four a.m. and for children it is from six p.m. to four a.m. Those who have received their vaccinations are displeased because they believe that once they were vaxed, they could have moved freely. Proponents against the measure also argue that the nightly curfew only exists to prevent crime and not necessarily stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Here is how Police Commissioner Chester Williams responded to that point of view.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “In Jamaica the curfew is a I think from six and Jamaica’s murder rate is higher than last year and is one of the highest it has been in years. In New York likewise the murder rate is up compared to other years. So if curfew was reducing crime then Jamaica and New York would have had the lowest murder rates in the world but they don’t. You have seen for yourself as a person in the media that when these young men want to commit their crime they beat the curfew, they commit the crime before the curfew. So the curfew doesn’t prevent the crime, what the curfew hours do is to prevent those persons who have the tendency of gathering at places late at night and drinking or socializing and those are the people who are spreading the virus and so that is what the curfew hours do; to minimize the occurrence of those activities.”