Stakeholders in Jamaica’s multi-billion dollar entertainment industry are breathing a sigh of relief.
This after Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a limited re-opening of the sector.
Small events will admit 100 persons or fewer while large entertainment events will allow in excess of 100 persons.
Ricardo Brooks has more on the reopening of entertainment in the country.
That’s been the question of party promoters for the better part of a year, and now, relief.
Players in the local entertainment industry are welcoming the Prime Minister’s announcements that parties will now be allowed.
Communications Director of 2K Entertainment, Ibrahim Konteh, says the announcement is welcomed news.
Mr. Konteh’s company is known for the staging of the popular Strictly 2K party series usually held at large venues such as the National Stadium car park.
The event is likely to benefit from the waiver of venue rental fees announced by the Prime Minister.
Mr. Konteh says the fifty percent reduction in permit and Municipal fees is also a game changer for the sector.
Chairman of Dream Entertainment, Kamal Bankay, says he’s encouraged the government has shown that it understands the economic devastation the pandemic has caused in the sector.
He says he’s looking forward to the resumption of marquee events such as Dream Weekend, Sumfest and religious festival, Fun In the Sun.
For her part, Gabrielle Curling, of 658 Series, says the announcements represents the first step towards economic recovery for players in the industry.
The summer is looking up for parties and events in Jamaica.