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Grenada Approves 2021 Carnival Public Holidays Cancellation Bill

Source: Office of the Prime Minister of Grenada (St George's)
Posted: Saturday, July 17, 2021

Grenada's Lower House of Parliament has approved the Cancellation of Carnival August Celebrations Bill 2021, which had been introduced into Parliament by Legal Affairs Minister, Kindra Maturine-Stewart.

Earlier this month (2021-07-02), we had reported that Grenada's Parliament was set to consider the COVID-19 Cancellation of Carnival August Celebrations Act, 2021 on July 7, a bill which would, once again, cancel the 2 Carnival public holidays of Grenada, on August 9 and 10, 2021 ("Notwithstanding the Bank Holidays Act, Chapter 25, for the year 2021, the Carnival August celebrations under the Schedule to the Bank Holidays Act are hereby cancelled and the 9th day of August, 2021, and from noon on the 10th day of August, 2021, shall not be bank holidays for the purposes of the Bank Holidays Act").

Last year (2020-07-22), Grenada's Prime Minister, Keith Mitchell, had announced the cancellation of the two Carnival 2020 public holidays, namely August 10 and 11, 2020, partially amending the list of 2020 Grenada public holidays that had been released, earlier that year (2020-07-22).

For the second year, this will lead to the modification of the list of official non-working public holidays in Grenada for the year 2021, as announced, earlier this year (2021-01-11).

In her address to Grenada's Lower House of Parliament, Legal Affairs Minister, Kindra Maturine-Stewart, went even further, expressing her fear that vaccination hesitancy may lead to cancellation of Carnival 2022 ("Without vaccination Mr. Speaker, I fear that we may have to do the same thing (cancel Carnival activities) again in 2022. I hope we don’t have to but I fear that might be a likely consequence as a result of that vaccine hesitancy that we are seeing among our population").

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