Members of the security forces are now carrying out joint COVID-19 protocol security searches in various areas of downtown Montego Bay, to ensure that business operators, commuters and shoppers are adhering by the measures governing the COVID-19 restrictions.
As early as 8:00 am, on Thursday, the security forces were busy along the streets of the second city in ensuring that everyone wore a mask in keeping with restrictions governing the pandemic.
Checks were made in public passenger vehicles to ensure that drivers and passengers wore masks and that the vehicles were transporting the required amount of persons under the Disaster Risk Management Act.
Also, stores, restaurants, bars, and shops were also checks to ensure that they were not overcrowded, and that business operators were complying with the social distancing protocols.
The soldiers even approached shoppers and commuters to ensure that they were all traveling with a mask, while informing them that they can be fined up to $5000 for not wearing a mask in public space.
Yesterday the Ministry of Health reported that six more persons tested positive for the Coronavirus, taking the total number of positive confirmed cases on the island to 1,071.