With simply two days earlier than the official begin of the 2021 native monitor and area season, the primary meet on the calendar is but to get authorities approval.
The 2020 season was disrupted in March because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and after a four-month hiatus, monitor and area returned with a sequence of meets staged by the MVP Observe Membership underneath strict COVID-19 protocols by well being authorities.
With well being officers anticipating a spike in COVID-19 instances because of the Christmas season when sure restrictions to stop the unfold of the virus have been relaxed, the 2021 native monitor and area season is scheduled to kick off on Saturday at Jamaica School (JC), with the JC Invitational Improvement Meet – pending a signoff from well being authorities.
It’s unlikely that well being authorities will give the meet the go-ahead because it comes lower than per week after 4 instances of the reported extremely contagious pressure of COVID-19 that just lately surfaced in the UK (UK) have been confirmed in Jamaica.
A member of the organising committee for the JC meet confirmed on Thursday that the workforce is but to obtain permission for the staging of the meet. Nonetheless, the member stated well being officers will meet earlier than the top of the day to find out whether or not to approve the meet.
A minimum of 306 folks have died of the coronavirus in Jamaica, and 13,368 infections have been reported nationwide.
The JC meet is a qualifying occasion for the 2021 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Women’ Athletics Championships, which was cancelled final 12 months due to the virus.
If given the inexperienced gentle, there can be some changes to the JC meet on account of COVID-19 and the protocols noticed throughout this time.
Solely the 100m, 800m, 3000m, 5000m, excessive soar, lengthy soar, and shot put can be on supply.
A most of three athletes per class for an occasion per workforce can be allowed.
Colleges can be allowed to arrange workforce tents within the warm-up space positioned on the highest taking part in area. All groups can be confined to their tents until when warming up or marshalling for his or her races.