Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Bahamas Carnival postponed

Revelers participate in the 2018 Bahamas Carnival Road Fever March.

By Ava Turnquest

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Carnival has been postponed due to safety concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Organizers released a press statement announcing the road march and related events have been sidelined after the country recorded its first confirmed case on Sunday.

“The health and safety of our supporters is of paramount concern for The Polantra Media Group, The Bahamas Carnival Band Association and Blue Monkey,” the statement read.

“As the world continues to grapple with the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus we have taken the advice of Ministry of Health officials and the Prime Minister and postponed the event.

“As The Bahamas Public Parks & Beaches Authority has also suspended both existing permits for organized public gatherings and the issuance of any further permits, our team has decided to err on the side of caution for the wellbeing of everyone interested in participating in this year’s Bahamas Carnival Experience.”

Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association President Rafel Dean said the move is one supported by mas bands as their main priority as well is the health and safety of their supporters.  Read more >>