Dr. Horace Chang and Entertainment Minister Olivia Grange
National Security Minister Dr. Horace Chang is warning that there will be repercussions when the Noise Abatement Act is reviewed if entertainment promoters breach the temporary ease in restrictions.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved an amendment to the Noise Abatement Act which allows persons two more hours to have public events such as parties, meetings or church events.
Dr. Chang said the level of compliance will be critical when a comprehensive review of the relaxed measure is carried out.
"If they take advantage of this particular regulation and operate in a civil manner, it will be much easier to do the comprehensive review and to get the message across that Jamaicans can operate with public order and recognise the rights of everyone. If it is abused, it will be a lot more difficult to go beyond that," he declared.
Parties are usually only allowed to go until midnight on weekdays and 2 o'clock on weekends. However, with the eased regulations, events are being allowed to go until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends.
The measure will remain in place until January 31.
In the meantime, Entertainment Minister Olivia Grange said her ministry is working to complete the build out of the entertainment zone in Fort Rocky in Port Royal by February next year.
She said the entertainment zone is among several others to be established, including in Negril, St. Ann and Trelawny.