Virtual format for National Honours and Awards Ceremony 2020

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Virtual format for National Honours and Awards Ceremony 2020

Friday, September 25, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica— Minister of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says this year's National Honours and Awards Investiture Ceremony will be held virtually.

According to a statement from the minister, the ceremony will be broadcast on National Heroes Day, October 19, beginning at 8:30 on national television and social media.

Grange, who has oversight for national commemorative events, said the decision to move to a virtual platform was necessary as the Government works to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

“Following extensive consultation with the Governor-General, the decision was made for a Virtual Awards Ceremony for broadcast on National Heroes Day,” the statement said.

“The 2020 recipients are requested to be available for photographs to facilitate the made-for-television production of the ceremony,” it added.

The ministry said the production will take place over two days — Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3 — at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

Grange appealed for the understanding and cooperation of all honourees whose participation in this year's ceremony is being coordinated through the Chancery & Protocol Section of the Office of the Prime Minister.

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