Grenadian Police Warn Against Carnival Celebrations During COVID-19

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ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada police have sent a warning to residents that they are fully prepared to enforce the laws in relation to the cancellation of all Carnival-type activities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement, the police said that they have observed people disregarding the regulations and orders put in place to prevent the spread of the virus by participating in Carnival activities even though the August 10-11 celebrations have been cancelled.

“The RGPF (Royal Grenada Police Force) is appealing to persons to adhere to the Rules and Regulations that are in place to safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, in particular the wearing of masks, physical distancing and practical effective personal hygiene”.

It said it was also urging the public to cooperate with the police and “refrain from playing jab-jab and engaging in carnival-like activities, all of which are illegal at this time”.

The police said that while it has chosen the path of dialogue, “we are prepared to enforce the laws, if needs be.

“Persons who are engaging themselves in carnival-like celebrations are urged to cease and desist from doing so,” the authorities warned.

Grenada, which has so far recorded 24 confirmed tests of the virus, is not the only Caribbean country to have postponed their annual carnival celebrations. Antigua and Barbuda and St. Vincent and the Grenadines cancelled the celebrations as a result of the virus.

CMC

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