The COVID-19 pandemic has led Barbados’ government to cancel this year’s CropOver celebration. The announcement was made by the National Cultural Foundation.

The festival is known to span three months and culminates with Grand Kadooment, a Mas parade, on the first Monday of August. Its name stems from the harvest celebration at the end of the sugar cane season. Additionally, NIFCA, the island’s Independence Arts Festival, which is usually held in November has also been cancelled as a result of of the pandemic.

The two major festivals will be replaced with a national training programme in schools and communities, and a wide-reaching campaign to both fund and produce radio, television and digital content, the Barbados government announced.

As of yesterday, Barbados had recorded no additional cases of COVID-19 for the third consecutive day. Overall 75 cases have been confirmed and five people have died on the island.