With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of festivities around the world, efforts are being taken by some,to celebrate in the safety of ones' home. This is the case for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival better known as Caribana. The event usually takes place between July and August and celebrates the Caribbean diaspora. In an address to the nation on Friday, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that thehighly-anticipated eventwill take place virtually. "Unfortunately, we won't be able to celebrate like we usually dowith a grand parade of masqueraders in colourful costumes and steelpan bands making their way along Lakeshore but thanks to the hard work of the organisers, band leaders, performers and dedicated volunteers, this year's Carnival is coming to you virtually." Trudeau also recommitted to creating an equal environment for immigrants who hail from the region. "With nearly a million people of Caribbean origin living in our country,Canadians of Caribbean descent have greatly contributedto our success storyand Carnival is an opportunity for us all to celebrate your rich and vibrant cultures and your impact on Canada's cultural mosaic. Now, as we celebrate this year's event, I want to be clear; our Government will always stand with you and take action to dismantle barriers and to create a more equitable society. My friends, there's a lot more work to do on this and we're committed to continuing to work with you. So today, and throughout the month of July, we're going to recognise your history as we celebrate our diversity and celebrate the talented designers, artists, musicians, pannists and Calypsonians."

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

The election bell has rung. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced the 2020 general election date in Parliament on Friday. Dr Rowley said he has asked President Paula-Mae Weekes to dissolve Parliament at midnight, and elections will be held on August 10. He said Nomination Day would be July 17.

Chairman of the Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce Dr Thackwray “Dax” Driver. Photo: Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr Thackwray “Dax” Driver and Andrew Satney are the new Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM). Driver and Satney were elected to the posts during CARICHAM’s first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on June 29, 2020. They succeed Lizra Fabien, Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Industry & Commerce and Trevor Fearon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce. Driver is the President and CEO of the Trinidad & Tobago Energy Chamber while Satney is the Executive Director of the St Kitts & Nevis Chamber of Commerce. Both men were sworn in at a virtual ceremony. In a statement, CARICHAM said Driver has committed to add value to the Chambers’ member firms, who are mainly Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, which are currently battling the coronavirus pandemic and preparing for the 2020 hurricane season. There are 90,000 businesses in the network, which was launched in Barbados in April 2019. The Network also re-committed to its objectives and four-pillar work programme, comprising: Disaster Risk Reduction/Mitigation; Trade (Promotion/Facilitation and Transportation); Membership Value and Advocacy; and Knowledge/Best Practices Sharing.

Liquor licence holders require a trade and business licence. The Department of Commerce of Investment wishes to advise current holders of liquorlicences, without a trade and businesslicence, to submit an application to the Trade and Business Licensing Boardbefore August 31, 2020. Effective October 1, 2020, all liquor licence holders are required to have a valid trade and business licence along with a liquor licencetosell and distribute intoxicating liquor. This is pursuant to the Liquor Licensing Law, which was revised in 2016. Included inthe changes was the requirementfor a liquor licence holder to obtain a valid trade and business licence prior to holding a liquorlicence. When the law came into effect in 2016, holders of valid liquor licences were given an exemption for a transitional period. This exemption expires September 2020. Members of the public can contact the Department of Commerce and Investment for trade and business licensing information at 345-945-0934 or via emailinfo@dci.gov.ky.

"I'm delighted that the Cayman Islands has been included in the list of countries that do not have to self-isolate for 14-days on arrival to the UK. For the students and families that are going to the UK, that is excellent news." These were the words of Cayman Islands' governor, Mr Martyn Roper of the travel corridor that has been established by the United Kingdom, with travellers from 59 nations, including France, Germany, Italy and Spainand the 14 British Overseas Territories no longer having to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. The full list of countries is as follows: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bonaire, Croatia, Curacao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Reunion, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, South Korea, Spain, St Barthelemy, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Vatican City, Vietnam andthe 14 British territories including the Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and the Falklands Islands. The list comes into effect on July 10. "The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and territories," said a representative from the UK's Department for Transport. The Cayman Islands' borders continue to be closed to all individuals who do not legally reside or are citizens in the Cayman Islands. Those who are returning to Cayman, and are legally allowed to be here, will be required to quarantine at a government facility for 14-days. Those who are not Caymanian citizens will have to do so at their own expense.

At today's coronavirus press briefing, Cayman's Premier, Alden McLaughlin confirmed, "I am very comfortable to move to the next reopening on Sunday." Sunday July 5, marks the second stage of suppression level 2 in the Cayman Islands. Here is what you can do as of this Sunday... (a) From Sunday July 5, 2020, educational institutions and facilities, including summer camps and vacation bible schools, may commence full operations, including social and sporting activities. It should be noted however that sporting activities at an educational institution or facility are subject to the requirement that persons shall not engage in contact sports before 19th July, 2020. (b) From Sunday July 5, 2020, in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, restaurants and bars will be able to offer both indoor and outdoor services. However, the following conditions will apply — (i) each table must be at least six feet apart; (ii) there are no limitations on how many persons can sit at a table however they must be seated at least three feet apart; (iii) servers and front of house staff shall wear masks or cloth face coverings while serving customers; and (iv) a restaurant or bar will be permitted to operate within the hours of operation permitted by the Liquor Licensing Law, the Sunday Trading Lawand the Trade and Business Licensing Law. (c) In Grand Cayman, persons will be able to exercise in a strata gym and public gym from July 5, 2020. (d) From July 5, a person who wishes to travel from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac or Little Cayman shall prior to travelling — • notify the Medical Officer of Health of the proposed travel; and • be tested for the virus. Again, persons are reminded that they will only be permitted to travel after receiving a test result which has been declared to be negative by the Medical Officer of Health.