SAN JUAN – Trinidad and Tobago is considering postponing the February 2015 Carnival because of concerns about the Ebola virus.
While the government has not made a decision, officials are closely monitoring the development of the epidemic that has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa, Health Minister Fuad Khan told the media on Friday.
The director of the National Carnival Commission, Alison Demas, also confirmed there’s a great fear of an Ebola outbreak in the country, so the organization is considering eliminating the potential risk posed by the mass entry of tourists, despite the great source of income the event represents for the islands.
“We are reminded of what happened years ago with the polio epidemic when Carnival had to be postponed. It is a bit premature to say, but clearly this is something that maybe necessary because of course we would not want Carnival to be an avenue for our population and our visitors being affected by the deadly Ebola epidemic,” Demas said.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival is the best known in the Caribbean. Each year, thousands of people come to the islands to enjoy a mix of calypso, soca and other Caribbean rhythms.