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More Caribbean Carnivals and events postponed due to COVID-19

More Carnivals and occasions over the locale are being delayed as islands expect to control the spread of the COVID-19 infection.

The Bahamas Carnival is among those that have been deferred.

Trevor Davis, President of Polantra Media which regulates occasions and shows for the yearly Carnival, disclosed to Loop it had been deferred to a date yet to be declared.

He said the choice was taken considering new limitations on open social occasions including the uncertain suspension of all licenses for utilisation of public spaces.

The Bahamas on Sunday recorded its first instance of COVID-19 of every a lady with no ongoing travel history.

The United States Virgin Islands has additionally taken a choice to defer Carnival in St Thomas because of happening from April 1.

Senator Albert Bryan said in a question and answer session today that the Carnival will be deferred uncertainly as far as possible social events of more than 50 individuals.

Ian Turnbull, leader of the USVI Festivals Commission, told Loop in half a month there will be a report on the new date.

The USVI right now has one affirmed instance of COVID-19.

In Guyana, no choice has so far been made on the destiny of Carnival. Rawle Ferguson, the originator of the Carnival which is scheduled to run from May 20 to 27, said a choice would be made toward the month’s end.

He said the choice to drop or delay is reliant on the movement business. He said after the following two weeks, he would be better ready to survey the circumstance.

In Barbados, the Vujaday Music Festival has declared the postponement of the occasion.

The coordinators made a declaration through Instagram.

“After close interviews with the Barbados specialists, we are reporting the official delay of the Vujaday Music Festival until November 2020. While this choice was not made daintily, it was made with the eventual benefits of our fans, workers, specialists and occupants of

Barbados as a top priority. Past the way that worldwide occasions have made travel from different nations troublesome, if certainly feasible, governments from around the globe have educated against mass social events regarding any sort as of now.

“While it is our craving to guarantee the continuation of the celebration in the not so distant future, the pace of worldwide occasions makes it difficult to decide an exact date as of now.

As the circumstance standardises and courses of events on movement limitations become all the more clear, we will refresh you on further improvements. All celebration passes will be legitimate for the new dates as well as discounted once this assurance is made.

We truly value the help of every one of those engaged with the celebration and anticipate inviting you to Barbados for a much greater and better Vujaday experience very soon!”

Occasions on the ocean are additionally being influenced.

The Love and Harmony Cruise has been rescheduled.

A declaration from the coordinators said Celebrity Cruises has consented to permit them to reschedule for a later date.

They said the craftsmen have been reached and have consented to reschedule their exhibitions for a future date, plans to allow.

Soca on the Seas, which was because of sail from Singapore to Malaysia, has additionally been rescheduled because of Royal Caribbean’s ended sailings for the remainder of the month.

Significant March to May Caribbean occasions influenced by COVID-19

Jamaica Carnival: delayed to Oct 25

St Maarten Carnival: delayed

Bahamas Carnival: delayed

Afro Nation (Puerto Rico): dropped

St Patrick’s Day (Montserrat): dropped

St Thomas Carnival (USVI): delayed

Grenada Athletic Invitational: dropped

St Lucia Jazz Festival: dropped

Tobago Jazz: dropped

Point Fortin Borough Day, Trinidad: delayed

Jazz Artists on the Greens, Trinidad: delayed

BRT Weekend, Jamaica and Turks and Caicos: delayed

Cruising Week, Antigua: TBA

Barbados Reggae Festival: Still on

Vujaday Music Festival: delayed

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