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The Commissioner of Police on Thursday December 31, 2020, acting on the advise of the Chief Medical Officer and the Health Services Committee, has, with immediate effect banned amplified music in public places and in private places to which the public have access, so as to ensure that there are no mass gatherings at this time of ongoing local spread of COV1D-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This was announced by Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves today Thursday December 31, 2020 on radio.

This recommendation is to allow for the required intensive contact tracing, testing; and isolation/quarantining needed to contain the evolving local spread of COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

As of Wednesday December 30, 2020, SVG has recorded a total of one hundred and nineteen (119) COVID-19 cases, ninety-four (94) of which have recovered. Therefore, twenty-five (25) cases are active.

All mass events scheduled to take place between Thursday December 31, 2020 and Sunday January 3, 2021 will be postponed to the weekend of Friday, January 8, 2021 to Sunday January 10, 2021 in the first instance.

The Royal SVG Police Force says it acknowledges “the significant inconvenience, and more, to the promoters and patrons caused by this ban and sincerely apologize for this unavoidable but necessary public health intervention.”

Prime Minister Gonsalves said: “We are really asking the corporation of the promoters and patrons. This is an necessary and desirable decision in respect of the health of individuals and the nation.”

“…The possibility opens itself for the events to be held next weekend, providing that everything is in order.”