Work at home - Jamaicans urged to clean up yards and plant gardens on Labour Day
There will be no National Labour Day projects this year. In making the announcement in the House of Representatives yesterday, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said Jamaicans are being asked to "stay home and clean up your space".
National Labour Day projects are features of Labour Day, but the spread of COVID-19 has forced the Government to forego having any for the second year in a row. Last year, Grange told Jamaicans to use Labour Day to clean up, paint up and fix up their own home environments.
Labour Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 24. This is because May 23, which is the designated date for Labour Day, falls on a Sunday. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has already announced that the COVID-19-induced curfew measures will commence at 2 p.m. on May 23, and will continue until Tuesday, May 25. There will be an all-day lockdown on May 24.
"This Labour Day, particular emphasis will be placed on ridding homes and their surroundings of conditions/elements which will encourage the breeding of mosquitoes. This is guided by the recent announcement that the Ministry of Health and Wellness is on high alert for a possible increase in cases of dengue fever, especially with the forecast of rainfall in the ensuing months," Grange said. The culture minister has also urged Jamaicans to use Labour Day to either start or restart their backyard gardens, and to plant trees.