Lawyer Jennifer Housen, who represents some crew members of the Marella Discovery 2, says she wrote today to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, to request that the Government arrange the repatriation of all Jamaican nationals on the ship urgently.
“I have copied the letter to the Prime Minister and the Minister of National Security. I am well aware that the government, not least the OPM (Office of the Prime Minister), has issued recent statements that in light of these extraordinary times, government and ministers are effectively “on call”, and so I anticipate that with that state of readiness, my letter will no doubt be received and reviewed given its urgency,” Housen shared in a Facebook post.
The ship docked in the port city on England’s south coast at approximately 4:00 am Sunday Jamaica time.
On April 2, calls for Jamaicans to disembark went unanswered by the Government, which on March 24, closed the country’s borders to incoming passengers in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19, locally. This closure of the country’s borders was extended on April 4 for a further 14 days.