PM Holness Announces End To DRMA And Reopening Of Entertainment Sector

The reopening of the entertainment sector has been a big request by many people across Jamaica since the outbreak of the pandemic. Countless entertainers and promoters have called for the end of the Disaster Rist Management Act and the reopening of the country.

Today prime minister Andrew Holness Answered such callings, announcing that the DRMA rules will be withdrawn on March 18th, 2022.

“Curfews will come to an end,” outlined Holness in his lengthy speech given on Thursday, March 17 at the 2022-2023 Budget Debate. In the presentation, Holness also announced the reopening of the entertainment sector but with a few limitations such as 70% max capacity for venues.

According to Holness, “it is no longer sustainable to manage the pandemic… however risks still remain.”

With 2022 promising to be a busy year, promoters have been releasing dates for upcoming big events with Reggae Sumfest secured for July 20-23 and I Love Soca secured for Easter Monday, April 18 with the tickets being presold only.

Promoters advertising the popular fete on an Instagram post has stated that the early birds were quickly sold out in less than 24 hours with presold almost finished and late bird tickets coming up.

Another big event that secured the date is Dream Weekend, which advertised that “The dream is alive”. Promoters announced that the venue for the “Caribbean’s largest festival” will be in Negril from July 29 – August 1.

Meanwhile, Good Times, which is a famous oldies party is set for May 28 at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Port Royal. The event was promoted to be starting at 8 p.m. and advertised on fliers that it will be mandatory to wear a mask and social distance.

A day ago, five members of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ cabinet attended Shenseea’s big album launch. Most of the government officials were seen without a mask and evading the social distancing regulation which sparked much anticipation in the public of the reopening of the entertainment sector.

The ministers who attended were Dr Horace Chang, Dr Christopher Tufton, Dr Nigel Clarke, Floyd Green and Olivia Grange.

Watch the full Budget Debate below.

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