Sunday 5 April, 2020

Carnival in Jamaica postponed to October

Revellers enjoying themselves during the Carnival Road march last year.

Revellers enjoying themselves during the Carnival Road march last year.

Jamaica's Carnival celebrations have been postponed by six months.

The new date is October. This is a safety measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the island.

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Chairman of the Carnival in Jamaica stakeholders committee, Kamal Bankay made the announcement today, March 13, after the number of COVID-19 cases in the island quadrupled overnight to eight.

Bankay said the road parade, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 19 has been moved to Sunday, October 25.

Carnival in Jamaica organisers had earlier this week expressed optimism that the event would still go on as scheduled despite one case being confirmed in Jamaica, but appear to have had a change of heart with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases having soared in the northern Caribbean country.

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