Jamaica’s entertainment sector will be waiting with bated breath as Prime Minister, Andrew Holness is expected to make an announcement regarding the reopening of the sector in two weeks.
Minister of Entertainment Olivia Grange revealed this during her Sectoral Debate in Parliament today.
Minister Grange said in preparation for the reopening, her ministry has engaged in consultations with members of the sector as well as colleagues in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of National Security, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. This she said is to decide on the protocols that will be employed for these kinds of activities.
Grange noted that as with the resumption of sports, the resumption of entertainment will have to be a gradual process and we will also have to consider capacity limits as well as authorised venues where the necessary safety protocols can be implemented.
“In this regard, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has proposed a list of venues that can be retrofitted to comply with the proposed protocols. We will also be moving to declaring additional entertainment zones and venues,” the minister said.
She added that her Ministry is offering to subsidise the use of these facilities as a stimulus for the entertainment sector.
These venues, Grange said, include facilities at Independence Park and Trelawny Stadium, the Port Royal Entertainment Zone including Fort Rocky and Fort Charles, as well as Seville Heritage Park.