300 Quarantined On-Site At Tribal Gathering Festival In Panama
Around 300 attendees at the annual Tribal Gathering festival in Playa Chiquita on Panama’s north coast have been ordered to remain on site until March 23.
The 18-day “conscious festival,” which invites DJs, performers, musicians, and representatives of indigenious cultures from over 30 different countries who share their rituals and traditions with those in attendence, first began on February 29.
As the end of the festival drew near, Panama’s president declared a national emergency amid concerns of furthering the spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic in his country. At the moment, Panama is the country that has been hit the worst by the Coronavirus in Central America, with 69 confirmed cases and one death.
On March 15, as many were boarding busses to leave for the airport, Panama’s Minister Of Health ordered the Tribal Gathering’s festival-goers (both nationals and international visitors) to remain on-site until March 23. They have since allowed Panamanian citizens to exit the festival grounds, but still, many visitors remain stuck on location. Located in one of the most remote parts of Panama, the nearest township to Tribal Gathering’s festival site is nearly two hours away by bus.
The festival’s organizers have stated that there are no verified or presumed cases of the virus among the attendees. Information coming out of the festival grounds is limited due to lack of Wi-Fi access. Still, in a post on Instagram, organizers advised everyone stuck on the Playa to get in touch with their respective embassies and family members for help and information.
The festival maintains that it is complying with the orders and recommendations of Panama’s Minister of Health, and festival-goers will remain in place until further notice.
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TO ALL ATTENDEES AND FOLLOWERS OF TRIBAL GATHERING: Update!!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️ The government and health officials have now decided to go back to the original mandate of allowing all nationals who have entered Panama over 14 days ago to exit the location. Those who have not must remain here in quarantine on site until they reach the 14 day period which could mean people actually staying here longer than the 23rd. In the wake of the President of Panama declaring a national emergency due to COVID-19/novel coronavirus, Panama’s Minister of Health has taken the extraordinary step of ordering all Tribal Gathering guests currently on site to remain in place until March 23. However, this was NOT in response to a positive COVID-19 test. There have been ZERO cases of COVID-19 confirmed on site, nor are any suspected at this time. Nevertheless, we are complying with all orders and recommendations of the Minister of Health, as the health and safety of our guests and crew remains our top priority. We also continue to work with the embassies of our guests from outside Panama to secure their assistance and support. Please contact the embassy of your family member’s home country for further information. @usembpan @who @bbcnews @vice @viceenespanol @un_ocha @who send help! @cnn @cnnee @nytimes @forbes @nationalpost @navara.media @cbsnews