This month’s Cook Islands Pride Day will not go ahead as a precautionary measure to manage the risk of coronavirus transmission.
While there are no cases of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands, organisers of the event have made a decision to put their plans on hold indefinitely.
“I’m sure people will understand the reasons for our decision,” said Pride Cook Islands spokesperson Karla Eggelton. “Everyone around the Cook islands are doing their bit to manage the risk of a potential coronavirus outbreak, including avoiding close contact with others. Large public events are designed to bring people together and that makes social distancing an obvious challenge.”
“We’ll reassess our plans and when the time’s right we’ll resurrect our plans for the Cook Islands first Pride Day. You know what they say, there’s always a rainbow after the rain!” said Eggelton.
For more information about COVID-19, Visit the Cook Islands Ministry of Health website www.health.gov.ck
Pride Day was organised by Te Tiare Association, the body that represents the Cook Islands’ LGBT+ community. Te Tiare is leading the Pride Cook Islands campaign to end the ongoing criminalisation of same sex relationships. The event was to have taken place on 27 March.
SOURCE: Facebook: Pride Cook Islands