It is only a matter of time before the domestic football season resumes.
This after Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams announced over the weekend spectatorless sports would be allowed to resume beginning last Tuesday, subject to the relevant associations receiving permission from the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit.
Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Curfew) (No.11) Directive, 2021 came into effect last Tuesday, and is set to expire on June 29.
The BFA’s domestic football season came to a screeching halt last year March following the announcement of the first COVID positive case on island. Since then, the senior men’s national team has resumed training on two occasions, and more recently the national women’s teams have been allowed to restart training at the Wildey Turf.
Additionally, Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic made it clear they were speaking about competitive sports that would attract spectators.
“We’re not saying for one moment that this cannot take place, but we have not opened it up in a general sense because we believe that the sporting associations and organizations need to meet with us so they can explain exactly how they plan to proceed with restarting their domestic competitions.
He said they would be able to give guidance and also inspect the relevant facilities so they were “all on the same sheet of music”.
“It is our intent to return to as normal a state as possible for sports in this country, and that is the guidance that the Ministry of Health and Wellness has provided for the national sporting associations, as well as the COVID Sub-Committee,” he said.
General Secretary Edwyn Wood in a recent press conference said the BFA’s board had held some preliminary discussions, but they were “still in talks on the way forward”.
“We have had some preliminary discussions and some ideas have been brought to the fore, but I can’t say any concrete decision has been made. The Board is expected to meet within another two weeks, and I think at that time is when a formal decision will be made. From what I gather from the current Directive, we have to resubmit protocols to Government so we’re in a good place and we can move from there,” he said.