In the wake of the potential coronavirus outbreak, the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism has confirmed all the previously advertised activities for March, which have been postponed. The Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, declared that this decision is in keeping with the new Covid-19 health protocols, regarding public gatherings.
This move has been announced at an emergency press briefing held at the office of the prime minister earlier. Holness said that no permit would be issued within the next 14 days for any event or gathering where the laws are required.
He added that this means that any kind of event and any gathering will require the permit. Permits that were already issued will be cancelled or postponed. The prime minister has also marked the organizers of business and the large gatherings to follow all the protocols that have been establishing for personal care and hygiene.
Edmund Bartlett, tourism minister, added that they must add the caution in light in the developments in the country for the new Covid-19. He also added, until it becomes safe, all the events will be postponed, and this decision is made with several meetings with their team about the upcoming events.
And this was in the best interest of the public mainly as well as the staff of the ministry to postpone the events. The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival, which had been scheduled for March 21st, and the Tourism Service Excellence Awards, which were due to take place on March 14th, will be postponed by the ministry of tourism. This cancellation of events also includes many of the games.
The ministry also added that this will be continued to monitor the situation and will be guided by all the protocols for the public health and safety outlined by the office of the prime minister.