Cabinet invited the promoters of fetes to address members on issues raised concerning vaccination and testing for Covid-19, since the announcement made two weeks ago that fetes could be held under specified conditions.
Three promoters shared with Cabinet their conclusions held with other promoters.
They opined that 300 paying patrons attending a fete will not be profitable and have suggested that a larger maximum would be profitable.
The Minister of Cultural Industries proposed a compromise number and that is to be discussed with Health professionals and other stakeholders before Cabinet agrees on a final number.
The promoters proposed that the entire cost of testing be absorbed by government, despite being given all testing kits at no cost.
Employing their own health professionals at a cost of $100 each event was deemed too burdensome.
The promoters argued that in many places, including bars and outdoor entertainment venues, patrons usually exceed the 300-personlimit which the Cabinet was imposing on the fetes.
They argued that fete organizers were restricted to allowing only fully vaccinated persons plus patrons who tested negative within 24 hours prior to, or on the night of, the event, to enter the fete.
Yet, these other unsupervised events had no proof of the vaccination status of their patrons, nor did they test the patrons before entering the bars and entertainment venues.
The promoters argued that their events would not likely be a super-spreader like those others could be.
The Cabinet debunked that argument, promising to ensure that those bars and venues that disobey the law would be pursued more vigorously.