During the past three months, we here in St. Kitts & Nevis, like so many across the world, have been witnessing the unfolding of one of the most catastrophic and life-changing natural disasters, that very few could have imagined.
The growing pandemic of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been constantly monitored by the Executive Committee of the St. Kitts Music Festival, recognizing the potential implications for our international event, originally scheduled for 24-28 June, 2020.
We have remained in close contact with the Ministry of Health, the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA), the Ministry of Tourism and other relevant stakeholders, to better position ourselves to adapt to any changing health conditions occasioned by the virus.
Paramount in our considerations has been the health and safety of all citizens and residents in St. Kitts & Nevis, performing artistes, and our festival patrons.
We have equally factored the considerable investments by many of our local stakeholders and service providers and that is why we have taken a studied approach.
These have been very difficult times and it has not been an easy task to navigate the fast-moving developments.
However, we have been proactive in our approach and have prepared accordingly for any escalation, in the event of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching our shores and having a local impact. Unfortunately, that time has arrived.