The main gospel event on the national calendar in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been postponed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michael Peters, coordinator of the SVG Gospel Festival announced the suspension of the event in a press statement on Tuesday.
“This decision was arrived at, after much discussion and consultations with health officials over concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus,” Peters said.
The festival which was scheduled for April 5 to 26, with activities across the country, will now be held at a later date when it is safe to do so, the press statement said.
The Gospel Fest Committee also announced the cancellation of: “Heal Our Nation – An Evening of Worship & Prayers”.
This special event, which was being planned for April 5 at the Victoria Park, would have featured heads of major religious denominations offering prayers for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“However this event is subject to a discouragement of large gatherings and ‘social distancing protocols’ as outlined by the Ministry of Health,” Peters said.
He further stated that Evangelist Bridget Blucher who was to be the featured artiste is also unable to travel.
“The SVG Gospel Fest Committee wishes to assure the general public that this event would be held at a later date.
“Churches and gospel artistes who were well into preparations for the 2020 festivities are being encouraged to continue doing so to be ready for when the festival is able to be staged,” Peters said.