NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The government is not concerned about legal challenges by Christmas Carnival operators after their second exploitation request was denied this holiday season, according to Prime Minister’s Office press secretary Clint Watson yesterday .

The much-anticipated amusement park had already been set up on the Clifford Park carnival grounds for several weeks and was initially scheduled to open on December 10.

However, in its latest denial, health officials indicated that despite increased safety protocols that operators have presented to the government for review, health officials said allowing carnival to take place. unwinding poses a significant risk to the public.

At his weekly press conference, Watson defended the Davis administration’s decision and highlighted the government’s separation from the Liberal Progressive Party.

It was revealed that the carnival was facilitated by the Liberal Progressive Party to enter the country, as part of a long-standing arrangement backed by successive administrations.

“The administration has not failed in its point of view and in its right to decide whether or not to give someone permission to operate,” he said.

“There was no deal that was broken with the government. No agreement has been reached with the government. The political party and the government are separate entities.

“So from the government’s point of view, the government has nothing to fear from negative reactions or relationships because the government is acting in the best interest of the people and the government is confident that it has done so, it has made the right decisions and those involved, understand that too.

There were further concerns that large groups of young people – the majority of whom are not vaccinated due to a lack of pediatric vaccines in the Bahamas – would attend the carnival and potentially contract the virus.

Watson noted that health officials also lamented the risks as schools resume face-to-face teaching on January 11.

“Doctors tell us that it is too great a risk to try to reopen the school to have this chance,” he added.

“So we are asked if we open our schools and get our children back into learning or do we take a big chance of delaying the opening of schools because there could be an epidemic at carnival, you cannot measure both at the same time level “.

Asked whether the PLP spearheaded the approval of the temporary importation of the carnival, Watson insisted he could not speak on behalf of the PLP since it was not part of the process. of his role as press officer.

“As a member of the government, we have taken our steps and as part of the government’s position in this regard, we have made no mistakes. The government has done what it is executed for.

When asked if carnival organizers were considering legal action, lawyer Bjorn Ferguson told Eyewitness News “decisions have consequences”.

But Watson insisted the government is not concerned about possible litigation.

“We weren’t wrong in our judgment, we didn’t make any mistakes, we don’t owe anyone anything. We are responsible for the licenses. We are responsible for the authorization. The government can say yes or the government can say no. You cannot sue the government for it. You can probably try.