When will we learn that not everything is a joke? When will we learn that sometimes things have serious consequences and implications? It is downright unsettling to know that in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, some Jamaicans apparently still feel as though the government’s social distancing guidelines and 7-day island-wide nightly curfew are a big joke. Not only is it clear that in some parts of the country, no thought is being given at all to the concept of social distancing but also, where persons are reprimanded they give sometimes very silly responses that tell the rest of the country they just don’t care. Take for example, the Downtown, Kingston vendor that has made his way across social media saying if he is to die, then he will die because “we nuh come pon earth fi stay long”.
Many insist they are forced to ignore social distancing guidelines because they must ‘hustle’ during these difficult times, in order to meet their basic needs. The economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 spread in Jamaica are crippling in garrison areas where many persons live from ‘hand to mouth’. What some persons are yet to understand is that a contraction of the COVID-19 will bring far more dire consequences than the economic dearth that they are now facing. Many persons try (wisely) to ‘hustle’ during the daytime hours and abide within the parameters of the law. Others should follow suit.
Quite frankly, there is just a blatant sense of defiance by some citizens who deliberately leave their homes during curfew hours. It is shocking beyond comprehension to see citizens flaunting their disobedience of the law, obviously out of a drive for attention. What the nightly curfew breaches tell us is that some Jamaicans are just flat out indisciplined. Bare-faced, brazen and indisciplined. I hope the arrest of Mr. Dayne Mitchell, who breached the curfew and videoed himself bitterly cursing the Prime Minister, will serve as an example to other Jamaicans who think the nightly curfews are simply another joke. Unfortunately, some persons must feel before they can learn.