Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations postponed
Flashback: Carnival celebrations in Point Fortin. Photo via Facebook, Point Fortin Borough Corporation.
This year’s Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations have been postponed until further notice amid concerns over the arrival of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Trinidad and Tobago.
The three and a half week-long celebrations mark Point Fortin’s 40th year as a Borough.
Mayor Kennedy Richards Jr on Friday said the decision to postpone the near month-long festivities was taken after serious collaboration with the Council, the Administration of the Point Fortin Borough Corporation, stakeholders and senior officials.
In making the announcement, the Point Fortin Mayor acknowledged the far-reaching effects of the cancellation.
Mayor Richards said as much the Corporation wants to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary with the festivities, one confirmed case was one too many and it cannot afford to expose its burgesses to the virus.
“I know that this will affect a lot of people locally, nationally and internationally, as this is decision will have a lot of economic ramifications to the borough of Point Fortin and the country as a whole.”
The Mayor added that precautionary measures must be taken in light of the arrival of COVID-19 in T&T, to ensure that the virus does not spread. He noted that avoiding large gatherings is one of the preventative measures to be taken.
Mayor Richards said the Council will continue to monitor the situation to determine when the celebrations can be held.
He urged burgesses to the necessary measures to protect themselves and their families.
In the meantime, the Borough Corporation has convened a meeting with stakeholders and first responders to discuss how it can support the efforts of the Ministry of Health.
Further, the Corporation intends to roll out a Public Health Education Drive to ensure that the people of Point Fortin and environs are thoroughly informed.
Below is the full statement from Point Fortin Mayor Kennedy Richards Junior.
It is with no small measure of regret that I make this announcement. We at the Point Fortin Borough Corporation had set aside an exciting three and a half weeks for our 40th Anniversary Borough Celebration. Forty has so many significant meanings behind it and therefore we wanted this year to be like no other.
Whilst planning, we were also monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, because we know that as much as we want to celebrate this milestone, we cannot afford exposure of our burgesses to this virus. The first case was confirmed yesterday and we believe that one is too much.
After serious collaboration with my Council, the Administration of the Point Fortin Borough Corporation, stakeholders and senior officials, I have decided to officially postpone the Point Fortin Borough Anniversary Celebrations for 2020.
I know that this will affect a lot of people locally, nationally and internationally, as this is decision will have a lot of economic ramifications to the borough of Point Fortin and the country as a whole.
However, we know that our health is our wealth. We must take precautionary measures to ensure that this virus does not spread and one of the preventative measures is avoiding large gatherings.
We will continuously monitor the situation and when it is safe for our burgesses our celebrations will be held. In the meantime, let us take all precautionary measures in protecting ourselves and loved ones.
We have convened a meeting with stakeholders and first responders to discuss how we can support the efforts of the Ministry of Health. We will also be embarking on a Public Health Education Drive to ensure that the people of Point Fortin and environs are thoroughly informed. May God continue to bless Point Fortin and by extension Trinidad and Tobago.