Business hours in St Andrew South Division SOE to be extended

Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

The Government will be extending the hours during which businesses can operate under the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the St Andrew South Police Division.

“The business hours were extended for Clarendon and St Catherine, and I am now indicating that it is our intention to extend the business hours for the St Andrew South State of Public Emergency,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

“We will, hopefully, by the end of this week… have the gazette published with the extended hours, and we are going to seek to make it similar to what exists in St Catherine and Clarendon,” he said.

“We have been longing for it, and we thank you.”

— Dr Angela Brown Burke

The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday on the resolution to extend the SOE in the parishes of Clarendon and St Catherine.

South West St Andrew Member of Parliament, Dr Angela Brown Burke, thanked the Prime Minister for the extension of the business hours. “We have been longing for it, and we thank you,” she said.

The current business hours in Clarendon and St Catherine are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. for clubs and fast-food restaurants; establishments required by law to operate under a tavern licence – 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; petroleum filling stations – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; supermarkets and grocery shops/haberdasheries – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; pharmacies – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; churches – 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and other public places – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.