Jamaica Sports Minister Olivia Grange says the door has not been closed on spectators being allowed to attend the 2022 Carifta Games.
Grange was speaking at a press briefing to mark the countdown to the 49th edition of the competition, which is scheduled to be held from April 16th – 18th at the National Stadium.
Jamaica was awarded hosting duties after Guyana pulled out because of COVID-19 complications. The recent surge in cases on the island has led to Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie not allowing fans for the latter stages of the schoolboy football season as well as international cricket matches during Ireland’s tour of the West Indies.
However, Grange said the ministries are considering options to allow spectators should the current situation improve to attend the games in three months.
“I understand that with this pandemic there are many doubts and a lot of uncertainty, but please rest assured that Jamaica will put all the necessary safeguards in place to ensure a safe staging of Carifta, and if the conditions are favorable, to allow for spectators,” Grange said.
“That is what we are working towards. And I know the local organizing committee is working hard to make the staging of the games the most memorable one.”
The daily COVID-19 figures have reached the thousands as Jamaica reported 1,499 cases last Saturday and 953 on Sunday.