Ministry matters

No Health Ministry approval for Dexta Daps concert

The Carnival Grounds at the National Stadium, intended to be the venue.

By EARYEL BOWLEG

Tribune Staff Reporter

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THE Department of Health has not given any approval for a Dexta Daps concert to be held this weekend, the office of Prime Minister Latrae Rahming’s director of communications said yesterday.

“The Department of Health had asked the organizer to resubmit (an application), for a proposal to be considered today (Monday),” Mr Rahming said. “The Department of Health has reviewed this proposal and advised organizers that due to health service rules which emphasize an embargo on large events and the potential for the event to be a super spreader and the lack of satisfaction that the country is out of the fourth wave, that they cannot approve it at this time.

His comments came during an appearance on Beyond the Headlines with Shenique Miller last night.

It comes after a promoter of the reggae concert yesterday said publicly that the event was ‘still going’, adding that organizers had submitted a request for approval.

“What about the new protocols and how the events (are going), basically you give your approval and the ministry gives you approval on the week that everything has to be according to the event,” said the promoter in a video posted on social networks.

“Tests need to be put in place. Vaccination records, vaccination, competent persons administering these tests. All of these things have to be approved…. It’s really a seven-page application that you have to fill out — how many people will be there, how many employees. All those things you have to put in those apps.

The event’s promoter touted the concert as a potential “major economic booster for the Bahamas”, saying people traveled from Canada and the United States for the event.

The event was scheduled to take place on the carnival grounds at the National Stadium this Friday.

As part of the health rules in force, events can only take place with a maximum of 30 people outdoors and 20 people indoors.

Event organizers must seek approval from the Department of Health and Welfare, under health service rules.