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Trinidad and Tobago 2021 Carnival Public Holidays Update

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Government Portal (Port of Spain)
Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Trinidad and Tobago, Randall Mitchell, has announced that he expected employees to come to work on the dates of the recently-canceled Carnival celebrations, Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16, 2021.

The aforementioned announcement ("Carnival Monday and Tuesday are, as you said, unofficial holidays during our Carnival celebrations. Intuitively, where we don’t expect to host Carnival celebrations in February 2021, I expect those days to be normal working days.") follows the announcement by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, this past Monday, that Trinidad and Tobago "would not be holding Carnival 2021 owing to the covid19 pandemic" (2020-02-13).

Trinidad and Tobago Employers Consultative Association chairman, Keston Nancoo, concurred stating: "I don’t know, if there is no Carnival, that one can reasonably expect that the calendar days earmarked for Carnival would be holidays, I would like to think those would be normal working days. I don’t think people would take the two days off.".

For her part, the president of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Karen Darbasie, stated that Trinidad and Tobago banks normally close for Carnival, for security reasons, and that the Bankers Association would have to make a decision, which it would then pass on to its members.

The annual declaration of public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago (2020-01-03, 2019-01-17, 2018-01-06, 2016-12-29, 2016-01-10, 2014-11-09 and 2012-01-04), does specify each year that "Most businesses are closed on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, even though these days are not public holidays".

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