Revellers have been urged to take precautions as they wine to the rhythm of soca and calypso at carnival events because of heightened concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus here.
Carmen Brissett, the vice-president of the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica, has also warned that carnival-goers might have to consider skipping the festivities completely.
Jamaica reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 yesterday.
Brissett said yesterday that health officials have been issuing directives discouraging large gatherings.
“I will now hope that the persons who are the organisers of the carnival would take heed, as well as the persons who usually participate in carnival,” Brissett said.
Further, the NAJ vice-president stated that the ministry could not stop persons from contracting the virus if they chose to disregard advice.
Jamaica’s carnival season starts to warm up in January, with socasize classes, tailgate parties, concerts and more, but the road march, which is the most anticipated event, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 19.