Tremendous focus is on the southern part of the country as eighteen employees of James Bus Line (JBL) were tested positive over the weekend. It is an unprecedented situation since the virus was first detected in March 2020. This cluster has led to the suspension of JBL bus runs at least for the next seventy two hours. Until then the ministry has cautioned employees of the bus line to remain in quarantine or isolation. Wayne Bardalez of JBL spoke to our newsroom indicating that the suspension of their runs began Sunday morning.
The Ministry of Transport has since developed an auxiliary bus schedule to accommodate commuters until James Bus Line is given the green light to run again. In a press release from the Ministry of Health it was reported that they have advised JBL to return to its runs in a phased approach, using only staff that have tested negative and are not close contacts of a positive case. The ministry also also recommended that employees be fully vaccinated or subscribe to Statutory Instrument Number seventy four for mandatory testing every fourteen days. In addition, JBL would only be able to provide non-stop runs. Passengers who commuted on a James Bus Line between July 28 and 31 are asked to report any symptoms of fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and sore throat are advised to get tested at their nearest health facility.