ROOTS FM NEWS – Barbados Today : Barbadians can now look forward to attending fetes once again as Government gave the green light for promoters to have events that are limited to 150 people in one location.
This announcement came from Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who also told the nation during a press conference that the ongoing curfew will be removed completely from June 30 to allow for greater economic activities to resume.
However, Mottley said though promoters can now start planning regulated events while working closely with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and National Cultural Foundation (NCF), she made it clear that Barbados is not ready for mass events, including Crop Over, which has been cancelled for a second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Mottley stressed that persons who will be included in the 150 attending party-related events must be fully vaccinated 14 days prior to the event, or must have a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
And acknowledging that the pockets of band leaders have been hurt as a result of the pandemic, Mottley announced that mechanisms are being put in place to support these persons who earn a living from the creative sector.
On that note, Mottley explained that band leaders who usually have bands involved in junior and Grand Kadooment, will be given a BDS$10 000 grant, while those who only have one band annually will receive BDS$7 500.
She said the NCF will also be giving BDS$5000 to tent managers while Government will be underwriting the cost of streaming tent-related events through the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to allow the public to “have some fun and enjoyment in their lives”.
Mottley also announced that party promoters will be given BDS$5000 in addition to other assistance with infrastructural costs.
The Prime Minister noted that because of the inability to monitor pleasure craft vessels while at sea, they can only operate dockside and must adhere to all the COVID-19 protocols.
Government has also set a tentative date of July 16 for the resumption of spectators at sporting events, following discussions between the Ministry of Health and relevant sporting agencies, Prime Minister Mottley also indicated. (AH)