London, UK – British nationals on vacation in Jamaica have been ordered to stay in their hotel rooms by the Foreign Office after a spate of deadly shootings saw the declaration of a state of public emergency limited to Montego Bay yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and troops sent onto the streets.
Statement from the Foreign Office:
Tourists should stay in their resorts and limit travel beyond their respective security perimeters. Travel to and from the airport or for excursions should be undertaken with organised tour operators, and transport should be arranged or provided by the resort hotels. Local media have reported that a major military operation is underway in parts of St James. This may result in road closures and travel delays. You should exercise caution if you’re in the area.
Toronto, Canada – The Canadian Government has also issued a statement urging any Canadian located in or around the popular tourist destination of Montego Bay to exercise caution and listen to local authorities amid a military lock down in the area.
Statement from Canadian Government:
Military forces have been deployed to the area in an attempt to stabilize the situation. If you are staying at a resort in the affected area, restrict your movements beyond resort security perimeters. If you do travel outside these perimeters, use transportation arranged or provided by the resort. Use organized tour operators for excursions and travel to and from the airport. If you are in the affected area, be extremely vigilant, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local news.