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Posted: Saturday 12 February, 2022 at 8:33 AM

Parties, Fetes to continue pending approval

By: Staff Reporter,

    Government lifts restrictions on mass gatherings


    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - WITH the curve of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the Federation seeing a steep drop, the Government has made moves to reopen the entertainment sector.


    That was confirmed on Thursday (Feb. 10) by Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris while addressing reporters at his monthly press briefing, where it was announced that today (Feb. 12) would be the day for the reopening.


    It comes ahead of the proposed March period which officials and government personnel had outlined. And Dr. Harris cited data that showed St. Kitts and Nevis being ahead of other territories within the Currency Union in fighting the fourth wave of COVID-19.


    He disclosed that on the advice of the medical personnel from the COVID-19 Task Force,  the Cabinet made the determination to lift the restrictions.


    “The Cabinet has recently, in fact just today, approved the recommendations to relax restrictions on mass events that affect entertainment and the sports community,” he noted.


    There has been public outcries for the resumption of entertainment events as promoters, DJs and their patrons have all voiced their displeasure at the hold up, as many cited loss of revenue and the fact that many bars and hotels are hosting their own parties.


    Additionally, several sporting organisations also found it difficult to resume training and competition. Two organisations that have been mostly affected by the lockdowns are the local basketball and football associations, as there were no major competitions or leagues since early last year.


    “I just want to warn people that it is not now a free for all, we could do anything everywhere. We know that in normal times if we are going to have an event we have to seek permission from the police ,that will still be required. Those who are careful enough to have read police permission, whether it is for a dance, picnic or whatever, will say at any time this permission could be withdrawn,” added Dr. Harris.


    Meanwhile, it was noted that any denial of mass events that would have taken place and are to occur on or after February 12 would be reviewed by the Commissioner of Police.


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