Saint Lucia Carnival 2022 dubbed ‘The Vaxxed Mas’.

Written by on December 14, 2021

After several consultations between stakeholders and the Government; Department of Creative
Industries & Culture and the Department of Health, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided that the
country will host Saint Lucia Carnival 2022 dubbed ‘The Vaxxed Mas’. The hosting of Carnival
2022 is subject to the full approval of the Ministry of Health, according to established health
protocols. The name suggests everyone participating in Carnival 2022, including, revellers,
patrons, support staff and service providers must be fully vaccinated. The aim is to create a bubble
to ensure the safety of the general public and all carnival patrons
Saint Lucia Carnival is one of the Country’s biggest cultural displays and has had a significan
cultural and economic impact. Saint Lucia Carnival has grown to become one of the biggest
carnivals in the region and by all indications was set to continue on an upward trend until the onset
of Covid-19.

Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire, Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and
Information stated, “As a carnival enthusiast who has been a part of carnival for the past 15 plus
years, it is critical that we continue to build on the hard work that was started by persons who have
brought carnival to where it is now. We must also ensure that we preserve the public health of
Saint Lucia while creating economic activity for our people to benefit from. Carnival is also a
major part of our Tourism product which sees thousands of visitors coming to our shores to enjoy
our island and its wonderful experiences. Those in the Creative Industries use the Carnival season
as one of their avenues to showcase their talents so we must continue to provide that platform to do so.
It is even more important now after the almost two-year hiatus.”

Carnival 2022 will not take place in its traditional form but all the necessary steps will be taken to
ensure that the true spirit of Saint Lucia carnival is preserved. Strict guidelines and protocols will
be implemented and the authorities will ensure strict adherence in an effort to safeguard the health
and wellness of all participants. The guidelines will be announced in due course following further
working consultations between the Ministry of Health and stakeholders.
Let’s get vaccinated and let’s enjoy the ‘Mas!

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