Thursday 9 July, 2020

Alkaline's New Rules postponed as coronavirus rages

File photo of Alkaline performing on a local stage.

File photo of Alkaline performing on a local stage.

The entertainment world has been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic that has spread to over 125 countries worldwide, cancelling sports games, mass gatherings and other events.  

The latest victim of these mass cancellation is Alkaline's New Rules concert. The highly anticipated event was set to take place inside the National Stadium on April 25 but has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The New Rules team, led by Alkaline's sister Kereena Beckford, said that it was in the public's best interest to push back the event. Because of the immediacy of the postponement and the uncertainty that looms over the island because of the virus, the team explained that it has been a challenge coming up with a new date.

"With the recent announcement of new travel bans and Jamaica's labelling as a disaster area due to the COVID-19 virus threat, the New Era Production team has decided to postpone the April staging of the New Rules Festival. We are presently consulting our advisers on the best date to host the event, based on the predictions by medical experts on when this unforeseen virus will be contained," the statement read.

The team wants to ensure fans who have already bought tickets that their purchase will still be valid for the new date.

Jamaica has recorded 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far. New restrictions have been announced this week by Prime Minister Andrew Holness including bars and restaurants being closed, as well as a work from home policy for non-essential workers, and restrictions on gatherings limited to less than 20 people.

Global cases of the coronavirus pandemic have soared to more than 200,000, and deaths worldwide are more than 7,500.

National lockdowns, school closures, travel restrictions and health alerts have been issued globally as the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China has infiltrated almost every region in the world, including the Caribbean.  

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