For the second year in a row, Barbados Crop Over has been cancelled due to Covid-19-related issues, which have made it impossible to hold mass events.
Speaking at a press conference, Prime Minister Mia Mottley encouraged promoters to work with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the National Cultural Foundation to stage regulated events for a maximum of 150 guests to avoid an influx of Covid-19 cases.
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Attendees are expected to be fully vaccinated a fortnight before or must have taken a PCR test 48 hours before the event and tested negative for the virus.
Mottley added that the country’s curfew will end on 30 June, which should permit many economic activities to resume.
She further announced that relief packages ranging from BD$5000 to BD$10,000 will be rolled out to assist mas bands, carnival promoters and tent managers to alleviate the effect of the pandemic on their businesses.
The government also intends to underwrite the cost of streaming tent-related events through the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation.