The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts is defending its plan to limit Carnival 2022 events.
The move drew mixed reviews from stakeholders and members of the public.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said: “To reiterate, the ministry has proposed a ‘taste of carnival’ which would include specific types of carnival activities for those vaccinated only in safe zone arrangements considered to be presenting the least risk to public health in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
“These Carnival-like activities include calypso, soca, extempo, chutney and steel pan performances and competitions usually held during Carnival season.
“The Ministry has not proposed Carnival in its truest sense to be held, and it has never attempted to mislead anyone with respect to its proposal for safe Carnival activities during the Carnival season.”
The ministry criticized the headline of the Express, “Carnival is on”, on Thursday. The full headline of the Express with supporting information was “Carnival is on – Concert type events in safe area only for fully vaccinated people. No parties”.
The department also recognized “the difficulties experienced by the events industry and by all cultural workers, as recently indicated by our valued stakeholders. And in this regard, we continue to work together, as we always have, to provide relief, and to review and implement proposals for a rapid, but safe and careful restart of the whole industry. entertainment”.
The ministry said the events offered in its “Taste of Carnival” proposal cannot and do not replace the many opportunities and events that a full Carnival celebration provides.
“We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated and urge event stakeholders to continue to join us in this call at every opportunity,” the ministry said.