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Acting CMO confident Carnival can return, once health protocols maintained


by Devonne Cornelius

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson, is hinting at the possibility of Carnival being given the green light to be hosted this year.

“This is still being discussed but I can tell you from a health perspective, there is no reason why we cannot have Carnival,” Dr. Wilkinson said on Wednesday at the COVID-19 Press Briefing.

He said “we believe that if last year we had some degree of Carnival with no one vaccinated, with our high vaccination rate[this year], we should be able to have a number of events. Specifically, events that are in a closed setting with vaccinated persons, safely.”.

The St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival Committee took the decision last year to scrap road activities and other traditional events and move them to a virtual platform due to the threat posed by the COVID-19.

In further explaining his position on the chances of Carnival being approved this year, Dr. Wilkinson said he believes “we can have a significant number of vaccinated persons coming together,” adding that “there will be a lower risk of viral transmission.”.

He explained that “they would not threaten our health care system, so I’ll not be surprised if we have a queen show or calypso show or other events.”.

The St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival Committee has offered a glimpse into Sugar Mas 50 with the Royal Reveal of ten ladies who will be contesting the pageants to be held as part of the festival in December of this year.

The National Carnival Queen Pageant and the National Carnival Swimwear Pageant have been staples of the carnival celebrations and patrons are happy to see the return of pageants following their absence during last year’s virtual hosting.

Sugar Mas 50 in St. Kitts and Nevis will take place from November 2021 to January 03, 2022. 

It will be guided by the theme “Sugar Mas 50! Fun, Vibe, Energy!”



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