PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 804 individuals and infected 29, 715 others over the course of two years, the government has decided to postpone Carnival this year.
In a statement, the Ministry of Culture said that while the pandemic had been a major factor in taking the decision to cancel the national celebrations, economic issues as well as overall security in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country had also contributed to the decision.
“Carnival has always been a traditional and popular festival celebrated in all the large and medium-sized cities of the country. The Government, because of the economic difficulties faced by the country, has decided this year not to organize a National Carnival, but to support certain town halls who wish to offer their community of carnival festivities by evaluating the health and security risks,” the Ministry of Culture said.
The government also reminded the public that “the COVID-19 is actively circulating in Haiti and that it is imperative to get vaccinated to protect yourself and those around you and to continue to observe your barrier gestures”.
According to data given here, 130,440 Haitians, or roughly 1.12 percent of the population, have received the first dosage of the "Spikevax" vaccine from the Moderna Laboratory since July 16, 2021, and 93,809 Haitians are completely vaccinated as of January 30, 2019.
Kanaval, or Haitian Carnival, is a week-long festival conducted each year in the run-up to Mardi Gras.