UPP Administration will pay what is owed to service providers, Tabor says

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Opening of Antigua Carnival July 2022. Photo by Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Live

Senator Damani Tabor is encouraging party-goers and Carnival revelers to enjoy this weekend, taking every precaution to safeguard themselves from contracting the COVID-19 virus.

A version of band-o-rama will be held tonight at Carnival City and T-shirt Mas’ is slated for tomorrow, July 23. and it will attract hundreds of people.

Given that crime is on an apparent increase, Tabor, the United Progressive Party’s Public Relations Officer, says that residents should protect themselves – and their property, as well –

while enjoying these events.

Meanwhile, this year’s festivities have been scaled down quite a bit – not only because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because many of the service providers have been owed since about 2015, while mas’ troupes are reportedly owed for 2017 to 2019.

This, sources say, is why only two of the country’s 14 mas’ troupes will be participating in this year’s celebration.

Tabor says those who are owed monies for services they provided to the annual festival will be paid under a UPP Administration.

Meanwhile, the PRO says that a UPP Government will link the festival to tourism in order to revolutionize the creative-arts industry.

The Cabinet says it is aware of a pent-up demand for entertainment and Carnival 2022 is expected to provide an avenue that every age group can enjoy.

However, a businessman associated with a Mas’ troupe tells REAL News the Cabinet should also acknowledge there was “also a pent-up expectation among those who are owed that they would have been paid after a four-year wait.”

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