Promoters of weekly events are wary of proposals put forward by Entertainment Advisory Board member Kamal Bankay to allow a reopening of the entertainment industry.
Among other things, Bankay is asking for temperature checks at the entrance and the establishment of transparent plastic barriers between customers and staff.
For larger events, Bankay also suggested “creating a temporary bubble”. This, he said, involves approved PCR and antigen tests showing a negative result within 24 hours of the event start time for staff and patrons, who will then receive an armband indicating their COVID status. -19 negative. There will also be rapid testing facilities on site.
But Winston ‘Wee Pow’ Powell of legendary Stone Love PA system and host of Weddy Weddy Wednesdays, says he’s not excited about any proposals.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I want the reopening to happen now, not in a few months. Unfortunately the events industry is being neglected – the government is not doing anything for the industry events, take it from a forerunner,” he said. THE STAR. “Because of this negligence, I don’t even want to hear anything about reggae month, I’m boycotting it. The protocols we hear every day about masks and sanitizing worked and could still work, but it has to be practical. Testing every week at an event now, so sticky it’s gonna be tough and who would provide the testing unit?If the government can help with that then maybe, yeah.
Respect the rules
Selector Boom Boom, host of Boom Sundays, said when the industry gradually reopened last summer, weekly events like his were obeying the rules and trying to enforce them.
“The main challenge is when people come to a venue and take the masks off for a drink and, under the influence of alcohol and music, don’t want to put them back on. Maybe there’s- Is there a way to all work together to regulate the rules, ”he said.
The coach says some of the existing protocols and guidelines make sense and after hearing Bankay’s proposals, he reiterated that the problem “is that people need to work with the protocols”.
Although other entities such as restaurants and gymnasiums are allowed to resume operations, he noted that party venues, live performances and street dances that directly contribute to the promotion and growth of Jamaican culture on a weekly basis, are still locked. Boom Boom said while he was okay with mandatory PCR and antigen testing for larger events, the public must be okay with it.
He said: “I would support this 100% because at least it would show the status of people, of the negative, let them in. Anyway, I’m not too excited, although everyone has to reopen even if it’s on time. Life can be unfair.”