Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has urged promoters to encourage their colleagues to use their various platforms to help promote the government’s vaccination program, which he said is key to restarting activity in some sectors.
Dr. Mitchell met Tuesday with members of the Grenada Promoters Association to discuss the possible resumption of activity in the entertainment industry, which has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The onset of the pandemic in Grenada since March 2020 placed an indefinite hold on mass events, which are considered potential super-spreaders.
While the hold on events served to help keep the population safe, the industry shutdown has had dire effects on the livelihood of promoters and others whose earnings are directly linked to the staging of events.
The Prime Minister empathized with the promoters who were left stranded without a source of income for more than a year and he applauded their efforts to help chart the way forward.
With Grenada’s COVID-19 vaccination programme ongoing as one of the primary means of getting back to normal, efforts are intensifying to reintroduce activities in the entertainment sector, in a structured manner that will not compromise the safety of promoters, entertainers, workers, and patrons.
The Grenada Promoters Association has made several recommendations on the way forward including a set of regulations to guide the staging of events, entry point procedures to capture contact-tracing information, food and bar service options to minimize crowding in one location.
Prime Minister Mitchell promised urgent action on the matter, which includes a meeting with the COVID-19 Sub-Committee to review the entertainment resumption protocols, followed by a Cabinet submission, which will facilitate deliberation at the highest level and a decision on the way forward.