ABS TELEVISION/RADIO – Both the State of Emergency (SOE) and nightly curfews end at 5am on Thursday, December 23.

It means the curfew which begins at 11pm Wednesday, December 22 and ends at 5am on Thursday, December 23 will be the final one; safety measures will be governed by special measures under the Public Health Act which take effect from 5:01am on Thursday.

The latest publication of regulations under the Public Health Act (Dangerous Infectious Disease) (Amendment) makes it clear all other safety protocols remain in place. These special measures take effect at 5:01am on Thursday, December 23 until further ordered by the Central Board of Health.

Those regulations mandate business owners and operators to ensure employees, customers and clients wash or sanitize their hands before entering the establishment, wear a face mask and maintain physical distancing of six feet with other individuals.

Bars, cinemas, night clubs and other entertainment facilities are mandated to continue to allow entry only to those presenting a vaccination identification card, while restaurant owners and operators are also mandated to permit in-house dining only to those with a vaccination identification card.

Gym operators are also mandated to permit entry only to those with a vaccination identification card.

Owners and operators who flout these regulations are liable to a fine of $5,000.00 or six months in prison or to both fine and imprisonment.

Meanwhile, also among the regulations is the mandatory wearing of face masks in public by all citizens and residents.

The masks must completely cover both the nose and the mouth of the wearer. In addition, the wearer must leave the ears, eyes and forehead visible and the mask must not be worn together with dark glasses, caps, hoodies or any other head covering.

In addition, no public gathering shall take place without the approval of the Central Board of Health