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Carnival celebrations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), have been cancelled due to global pandemic COVID-19.

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made this announcement of the cancellation of Vincymas 2020 to the nation on Thursday (Apr. 2) morning.

Vincymas 2020 was scheduled to take place from June 26th – July 7th, 2020. Vincymas Launch 2020 would have happened on Saturday May 2nd, 2020.

The prime minister explained that the decision was made by cabinet after a recommendation from the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC), based on advise received from mas, pan and calypso stakeholders.

“The CDC met and sent that recommendation to the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture. The Minister (Hon. Cecil McKie) brought it yesterday (Wed Apr. 1, 2020) to cabinet.

Gonsalves said “carnival as we know it has been cancelled.”

He mentioned that a summer festival may be in the works to substitute for the loss of Vincymas 2020, once circumstances allow.

“Where we have ten days of Vincymas, the summer festival might be over a five day period, way down in August, if the circumstances admit for that sort of a thing.”

“When this COVID passes, there is going to be a lot of pent up frustrations,” the PM said, noting that people will want some sort of release.

The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment recently advised against social gatherings.

The Royal SVG Police Force has stated that they will not be issuing permissions for amplified music and will be patrolling entertainment venues, ensuring everyone complies with advisories issued by the government.

SVG has confirmed two cases of COVID-19. Statistics stand as follows: Active (1), Recovered (1), Deaths (0).