The Antigua and Barbuda government bans fetes during Christmas

The Antigua and Barbuda government has banned all types of fetes and celebrations in the nation on Christmas holidays amid fears of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Antigua and Barbuda government bans fetes during Christmas

The Antigua and Barbuda government has banned all types of fetes and celebrations in the nation on Christmas holidays amid fears of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Molwyn Joseph said, “The risk would be significantly elevated by having an event with 300 patrons concurrent with the withdrawal of the state of emergency & curfew as of Friday this weekend.”

“The suspension of the emergency on 24th at 12:01 am is a game-changer. It would be the first time in nearly two years that Covid-19 would be managed without the state of emergency in place.”

He further added, “I agree that the state of emergency should be lifted. But this is what occurs. When the government has lifted the state of emergency, it effectively decommissioned an instrument that had been in use for several months. Controlling people’s movement in the land and, to some extent, socialization.”

Meanwhile, the Health Minister stated by deciding to lift the state of emergency and the daily curfew. The focus will be on the individual to consider safety measures, such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and sanitizing to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Minister Joseph further added that while the situation is being reviewed, fetes must be put on hold for the time being so that the Gaston Browne government continues to monitor the emerging status regarding the spread of the Omicron variant.

He acknowledged that the government had earlier approved fetes to be held with people not exceeding 300 due to Omicron.

Health Minister Molwyn said, “The fete promoters will acknowledge and understand the situation and agreed with a statement made by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for people to cancel some of their holidays to protect public health as the Omicron is on the peak.