Officials at the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts are on the defensive following an article in today’s Guardian newspaper that quotes line minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly as expressing confidence in the staging of Carnival 2021, despite the on-going Covid-19 global pandemic.

In a media release the ministry moved to clarify the government’s position on the hosting of Carnival 2021.

It stated, “No final decision has been taken by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the hosting of Carnival 2021 as implied by today’s Guardian headline. As clearly elucidated in the body of the article, Trinidad and Tobago’s decision to host Carnival 2021 will be based on many factors.”

The trajectory of the pandemic will be the most critical among them.

Culture Minister Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, said “at this time, the government is carefully and successfully managing a global pandemic, and every decision is taken with due care and concern for the health and well-being of our population, which is the primary concern at this time and moving forward.”

All key stakeholders of Carnival, local, regional and international, the statement said will be kept apprised on any decision as it relates to the hosting of Carnival in 2021.