Prime Minister Harris gives his take on carnival

By MyVue Staff Writer

Basseterre, 3rd November, 2021, (MyVue preparations have long started and even some competitions have already taken place, but Kittitians and Nevisians are eagerly awaiting the final roll-out of events that are being planned for the 2021 carnival celebrations in St. Kitts & Nevis.

And from all reports, the full calendar of activities is ready and will soon be released to the public.

But if there was any doubt that carnival would be taking place this year, all that was cleared up on Tuesday night, (2nd November, 2021), when Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, acknowledged that his cabinet is continuing to examine the best ways possible to ensure that the event can take place in a safe environment.

“The format is still a matter that continues to be under consideration, and so we will look at these things,” said Harris, while responding to questions on his weekly radio and television program.

While the cabinet is continuing to fine-tune the protocols for carnival, one thing that is becoming obvious is that participants and spectators to the shows would have to be vaccinated.

“(I) just want to remind people, (that) there is still time to get vaccinated. That is how we would reduce the risk. That is how we make it possible to have the best possible carnival; the best possible of any event, to take place in a safe way that protects us all,” stated the prime minister.

The prime minister said he wants citizens to take note that whether it is carnival or any other mass event, for people to be safe, they have to be vaccinated.

“We cannot open the country and have a free for all. This carnival, unlike any (other) carnival, would not be one in which we could be reckless with frolic, because COVID-19 is still with us,” said Harris.

He said that one of the things they want to avoid is a super spreader event.

Any mass event makes us vulnerable, continued Harris, and in particular circumstances where there is frolic, with people drinking or where there is dancing to music, or other forms of stimulants, people may behave in ways that allow for the spread of the COVID-19.

The prime minister also informed callers to his program that carnival, like anything else that the government does, must be about the people, and must be an all-inclusive event.

He assured those who shared concerns, that their grievances will be discussed at the level of the cabinet of ministers.

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