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Rowley hints at no Trinidad carnival in 2021

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 2:46 PM
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley - Contributed photo

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley Monday said that his administration is prepared to cancel carnival celebrations next year as the twin-island republic, like all other Caribbean countries, deals with the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has so far killed 72 people and infected 4,362 others.

“In 72 hours, we will be in October and if at this time in October we are still in the throes of a pandemic, it would be madness to be talking about carnival in February. I see no future for carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in the months ahead,” Rowley told a forum on the national budget.

He said it would take something dramatic to reverse his thoughts on the matter.

“I can put everybody on notice that unless there is some dramatic wind that will blow across us where, by Christmas, the pandemic would have been a thing of the past, carnival in Trinidad and Tobago in 2021 is not on.”

There had been much speculation as to whether Trinidad and Tobago would join countries like Brazil and announce a cancellation or postponement of the carnival.

Rowley told the forum that Trinidad and Tobago should nonetheless look on the bright side, despite his announcement that could result in millions of dollars in revenue being lost as a result of the cancellation.

“Let us be thankful that we’re all still alive to see each other’s faces. Let us remember what our country passed through in 1918,” he said, adding that while he understands the economic fallout that the decision will have, he’s more interested in saving lives.

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