Jamaicans welcome move by government to suspend no-sleeveless clothes policy

Nduta Waweru August 13, 2018

After a series of complaints from the public, especially women, Jamaica has revised the dress code in government offices and ministries.

Government entities had put in place a code that prohibited people from wearing sleeveless clothes even though there is no law or policy by the government banning such clothing.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday gave instructions for the suspension of the no-sleeveless policy and instructed a full review of government dress code practices.

“It has been found, that while the practice exists to prohibit persons who wear sleeveless from entering Government buildings through “dress codes” established within particular Ministries, Departments and Agencies, there is no law or official government policy on which these are based,” a statement by the government said.

The directive also highlights the need for the government to put in place an official dress code, to be generated by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

Jamaicans have welcomed the move, calling the policy outdated. Here are some reactions:

Last Edited by:Nduta Waweru Updated: August 13, 2018


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