Promoter events this weekend, mass gatherings banned

By Demion McTair. Updated 6:53 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The Commissioner of Police has accepted the advice of the Chief Medical Officer to ban all amplified music in public and private places, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said on radio on Thursday.

Dr. Gonsalves said the ban is on music played in public places, or in private places to which the public has access.

The purpose of this ban is to ensure there is no mass gathering, so as to facilitate all the necessary containment and contact tracing and testing of the evolving recent local spread of the Covid-19, the prime minister said.

The prime minister said that the Health Services Subcommittee of NEMO and the commissioner of police are asking for the cooperation of promoters.

“This is a necessary and desirable decision” in respect of the health of persons, Dr. Gonsalves said.

Dr. Gonsalves said the possibility opens itself for the events slated for this weekend to be held next weekend “provided that everything is in order, in terms of a sufficient contact tracing have been completed, and the like”.

The prime minister said he regrets the inconvenience caused to promoters, as expenses would have been incurred, but that the decision was necessary for the interest of public health.

The comments by the prime minister aired on NBC Radio can be found HERE

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