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Simmer down!

Antoinette Connell

Simmer down!
Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic. (FILE)

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On a day that would have been filled with colourful revelry by thousands, health officials are pleading with residents to limit their Kadooment Day outings as they race to contain a COVID-19 cluster resulting from bar-hopping mainly in The City.

Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic made a prime time television appearance on Emancipation Day last night beseeching Barbadians and visitors to tone down the number of trips to establishments and to adhere to the protocols when they are out.

Meantime, a separate appeal went out urging those at the heart of the bar-hopping two weeks ago in Nelson Street, Wellington Street, Suttle Street in Bridgetown, and The Mighty Grynner Highway, to get tested for the virus.

Barbadians are enjoying two bank holidays – Kadooment Day today when thousands would usually parade in costumes in one big street parade to end the Crop Over Festival, and tomorrow as a result of Emancipation Day falling on a Sunday – but authorities are looking to head off any widespread activities.

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