The Jamaica Tourist Board, JTB, says an investigation has been launched into a party staged at Rick’s Café, as the Board moves to distancing itself from the event.

In a statement a short while ago, the JTB says it hasn’t sponsored or endorsed any event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tourist Board says the promoters of Mocha Fest are in clear breach of health and safety guidelines set out by the authorities.

The JTB says it’s extremely disappointed to learn of the event from videos it’s seen in circulation on social media.

In the videos people can be seen crowded together at the event and appear to be in breach of laws in place to stem the spread of COVID-19.

The event has drawn sharp backlash on social media with users branding the authorities as hypocritical.

This as many other events, especially in areas considered low income, have been shut down by the police.

The event’s poster was branded with the JTB logo. The Tourist Board says it gave no permission to Mocha Fest nor to any other promoter of events, to use its logo.

The event could also be found on the visitjamaica.com website.

The Tourist Board says it was an oversight that the events section was allowed to remain on the website throughout the pandemic. It says events on the site are often endorsed by the Tourist Board years in advance to facilitate planning by visitors. But the Board says no event has been endorsed since the start of the pandemic.

According to the JTB that section of the site is now disabled.