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As Ja­maica pre­pares to open its bor­ders to tourists, be­low are guide­lines from the Min­istry of Health and Well­ness.

All ho­tel rooms for the ac­com­mo­da­tion of guests should meet public-health re­quire­ments in re­gard to safety and san­i­ta­tion.

Ar­eas of con­cern in­clude but are not lim­ited to:

• Guest re­strooms – these should be thor­oughly cleaned and dis­in­fected daily with ac­com­pa­ny­ing clean­ing sched­ule and check­list to ver­ify same.

• Hard sur­faces and coun­ter­tops – these are ar­eas where pathogens can re­main for hours, pos­si­bly days. They should be cleaned and sani­tised daily.

• Bed linen – should be changed daily; tow­els and toi­letries re­plen­ished as re­quired.

• Door­knobs, rails, and grilles should also re­ceive spe­cial at­ten­tion for clean­ing and sani­ti­sa­tion.

• House­keep­ing: staff should be trained and fully sen­si­tised about risks for COVID-19 trans­mis­sion, in­clud­ing iden­ti­fy­ing and re­port­ing guests who are un­well, as well as proper clean­ing and dis­in­fec­tion prac­tices.


Gen­eral watersport and other wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties are gen­er­ally low-risk for COVID-19 trans­mis­sion pro­vided that the nec­es­sary pro­to­cols for so­cial dis­tanc­ing, public gath­er­ing, and dis­in­fec­tion mea­sures for recre­ational wa­ter are main­tained.


Snorkellin­g and scuba div­ing re­quire the use of spe­cialised equip­ment that makes close con­tact with the mouth and face of the user. This equip­ment can be a source of COVID-19 trans­mis­sion if the guide­lines gov­ern­ing their use, clean­ing, and dis­in­fec­tion are not ap­plied. Con­se­quently, all watersport ac­tiv­ity in­volv­ing the use of spe­cialised equip­ment that makes close con­tact with the user’s body must be thor­oughly cleaned, dis­in­fected and main­tained ac­cord­ing to es­tab­lished dis­in­fec­tion pro­ce­dures.

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