The public is advised that today (Thursday 31st December, 2020), the Commissioner of Police, on the recommendation of the Chief Medical Office and the Health Services committee, has, with immediate effecf banned amplified music in public places and in private places to which the public have access, so as to ensure that there are no mass gatherings all this time of ongoing local spread of Covid-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This recommendation is to all for the required intensive contact tracing, testing and isolation/quarantining needed to contain the evolving cluster of local spread of COVID-19 cases in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Therefore, all these mass events scheduled do take place between Thursday, December 31st, 2020 and Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 will be postponed to the weekend of Friday January 8th, 2021 to Sunday, January 10th, 2021 in the first instance.

We acknowledge the significant inconvenience, and more, to the promoters and patrons caused by this ban and sincerely apologize for this unavoidable but necessary public health intervention.

Colin O. John