By Demion McTair. Updated 8:05 a.m., Friday May 15, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – While Vincy Mas 2020 has been cancelled, the two public holidays – Carnival Monday and Tuesday cannot be deleted.
The Carnival holidays were supposed to fall on July 6 and 7, respectively. But, this year, the dates have been replaced and August 3 and 4 will be used instead, according to a Cabinet decision made on Wednesday May 13.
Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on WEFM on Thursday (May 14), that according to the Public Holidays Act, “you can change dates and you can add to but you can’t delete the holidays”.
“So, what we are going to do, we’re going to give Carnival Monday and Tuesday, we’re going to give those days on the third and fourth of August” Dr. Gonsalves explained.
The holiday dates will fall close to Emancipation Day, August 1st, 2020.
It means that Vincentians will be in for a long holiday period in August as Emancipation day (August 1st), which is a Saturday will be a public holiday, then the Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th will also be celebrated as public holidays in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.