The Police have been made aware of an intended event in Accompong, St. Elizabeth on Thursday, January 6.
The Police are also aware that this event, traditionally staged each year, marks the start of the Maroon New Year and is usually attended by hundreds of patrons. However, under the existing Disaster Risk Management Act, (Order No. 12), public gatherings are limited to ten persons.
The St. Elizabeth Police have also been informed by our partners in the Ministry of Health and Wellness that no approvals have been given for the staging of this event. We are therefore warning persons not to attend the event, as such action will constitute a breach of the COVID-19 regulations. The Police are also calling on the organisers of the event to comply with the instructions given by the Ministry of Health and Wellness and to cancel the planned event.
The public is being reminded that health officials have cautioned that cases of COVID-19 are currently on the rise, and as a result, it is crucial that persons adhere to the regulations to protect themselves as the Police do what is necessary to keep all Jamaicans safe. Persons are also urged to comply with any instructions given by the Police in all circumstances.