The Mayor of Point Fortin says consideration is now being given to cancel the upcoming Borough Day celebrations.
Mayor Kennedy Richards Jr. confirmed to Guardian Media today that discussions have been taking place with key stakeholders on whether or not the show will go on.
He said ultimately, the best decision would be taken to safeguard residents in the area and the wider public, given the threat of COVID-19, which has now been deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
“If the virus reaches our shores, or if there is a ban in air travel—especially of people coming from or through the US—we are going to postpone the event,” he told us. “We are taking note of what is happening globally with sporting and cultural events.”
He added: “We are going to liaise with all the stakeholders before we make a decision.”
Point Fortin’s Borough Day celebrations usually attracts thousands of visitors, primarily from North America, and is key to generating revenue for the area.
The mayor said while cancelling activities will have economic consequences, safety cannot be compromised.
“It turns over for a lot of business people, as well as those who are temporary entrepreneurs,” he says. “It will impact in a negative way but it is something we will have to live with, because we understand the current realities. We are prepared to do what is necessary to preserve safety and stop the spread of the coronavirus.”
Point Fortin Borough Day festivities are scheduled to kick off on April 11th and will run for three and a half weeks.