St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will only have its annual carnival this year if 70 to 80% of the adult population is vaccinated against COVID-19 by May.
Vincy Mas, the nation’s largest cultural festival, runs from June to July and was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government is yet to say whether the festival will be held this year.
“There are cultural people who come to me and ask me, ‘Comrade Ralph, are we going to have carnival?’. I say, we will have carnival in July if as we come up to the month of May that I see that we have reached a level where we can say that we have 70, 80% of the above-18-population, and maybe it may go down to 16,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Sunday.