There are to be no carnival celebrations in Jamaica in April.
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, in making the announcement, says this is due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jamaica is currently experiencing a third wave of the virus.
As a result of the surge, Bartlett says organisers will forego the annual road march and related activities for April 2021 until further notice.
“After a number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders, we can now announce that Jamaica will not be hosting Carnival in Jamaica in April this year. We strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people and will aid in the Government’s fight to preserve lives and livelihoods as we continue to see an increase in cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bartlett in a statement.