Logos Hope closes because of coronavirus threat
The world’s largest floating book fair, the Logos Hope, which is now docked in Kingston has closed with immediate effect.
It has closed three days ahead of its planned departure.
Logos Hope's closure follows a Government of Jamaica ban on some public gatherings in light of two imported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the island.
"As a preventative measure we will be closing the book fair effectively immediately and cancelling events," Logos Hope said in a statement on Thursday.
Logos Hope went on to note that it is in full compliance with the direction of the Minister of Health and Wellness and his guidance on group gatherings.
The ship was expected to host approximately 5,000 persons per day onboard to view and purchase from its large assortment of books.
"We recognise the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive as the situation evolves," Logos Hope added.
It went on to note that the health and well-being of the crew members, guests and visitors remain its top priority.
"We apologise for any disruption this may cause. We continue to pray for the situation," Logos Hope said.