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More events are being held at venues such as the Botanical Gardens as residents remain on the island (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Department of Parks today asked the public to apply for permits for events in public areas at least two weeks in advance after a spate last-minute requests.

A Government spokesman said more people were holding events at beaches and parks because many were not were prepared to travel overseas for special occasions because of Covid-19.

He added: “This has led to increased use of the parks, beaches, forts and buildings at the Botanical Gardens for various functions and events.”

The spokesman said: “Individuals applying for special park permits have been submitting applications only days before the scheduled event.

“Unfortunately, as a result, events have needed to be rescheduled, or at worse cancelled.

“To better plan and manage event bookings, as well as avoid disappointment, members of the public are advised to submit their applications at least two weeks in advance of the proposed event date.”

The spokesman said that following the procedure was “especially important” for Special Permit events that need staff to be on duty throughout.

He added that “pre-authorisation” was needed for some events, depending on the day or time they are held, which meant “an extra layer of administration”.

The spokesman said: “Furthermore, maintenance crews may need rescheduling to provide landscaping or maintenance of the site before the event.

“Events that involve closing off a section of park or building to charge admission require a detailed proposal submitted to the Parks Commission for approval.

“Proposals must be submitted three months in advance as the Parks Commission meets once a month.

“Also, as per Covid-19 regulations, special permits are approved for a maximum number of 75 people.

“Events for more than 75 people require an additional application made to the Ministry of National Security.

“The request for approval to the Ministry of National Security must be accompanied by the original approved application from the Department of Parks.”

Identification, such as a driver’s licence, passport or voter ID card, is needed for applications.

*For enquiries about bookings in the Botanical Gardens, the Arboretum or Fort St Catherine, call 297-1920.

For all other parks and beaches or for more information, contact the Department of Parks on 236-5902.

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Published November 19, 2020 at 9:11 pm (Updated November 19, 2020 at 9:10 pm)

Plea for early park permit applications

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