Carnival Minister Daryl Matthew says a determination on the hosting of carnival 2020 will be made by the end of April.
He has indicated however, that the customary July carnival of even a carnival this year is dependent on how the coronavirus pandemic pans out.
“It remains a topic of discussion for those of us who work on the festivals office. We did indicate very early on that we would make a decision on the fate of carnival 2020 by April 30th,” Matthew said in a television interview.
He also said that carnival is not high on the list of national priorities at this time.
“It’s obvious that its not something that’s very high on the list of national priorities at this time, we are facing a global pandemic, we are facing an economic crisis. And so for us to be prioritizing carnival over the health an safety of our citizens and residents is really a bit insensitive in the least,” the minister said.
He added that “the closer we get to July without a major abatement of this coronavirus, it is highly unlikely that carnival will be held at that point in time, if at all for 2020.”
When asked about a scaled-down event , Matthew said he isn’t sure that residents would have the confidence to participate in the even given the coronavirus.
The minister said he cannot give any assurances to mas’ makers because “we do not know how long this thing will last.”
Matthew is also dismissing talk of a December carnival saying no decision has been made on this.