With the non-compliance of the rules and regulations set out for the reopening of entertainment. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has been forced to reinforce new rules and regulations for the sector. It was announced that effective August 24, small outdoor events, parties, round robins, launches and festivals can only be held from Thursdays to Sundays between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Events that has been sidelined by the recently announced guidelines, will now be preparing to shift and choose a day within the given days to stage their events. Winston ‘Wee Pow’ Powell, promoter of the 16-year staple on the weekly calendar, Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, and Whitfield ‘Witty’ Henry of popular start-of-the-week party, Uptown Mondays, say they have no choice but to choose another day. Thursdays for Weddy Wednesdays and Fridays for Uptown Mondays. Both events are caught in the net of Mondays to Wednesdays, the days when entertainment activities cannot be staged. The events will be held at the same venue as before.
New rules states that any person, venue and/or sound system found to be in breach of the permit granted will be barred for six months from obtaining a permit for entertainment events; and any promoter, venue, sound system owner or operator who fails to comply with these protocols is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $1 million and/or 12 months’ imprisonment under the Disaster Risk Management Act.