Minister passes ball to JFF to resume JPL

3 years ago

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Minister of Health and Wellness (MOHW) Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed that the ball is in the court of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) as it relates to submitting required amendments to its COVID-19 protocols, which will be required to resume Jamaica’s Premier League.

The country’s topflight football competition has been shuttered since March, amidst efforts to halt the spread of the dangerous coronavirus. Two months ago, however, the JFF had announced that the league would resume on either November 14 or December 6th.

The plans were later shelved after the MOHW would not approve the proposal presented by the JFF for the resumption, which consisted of planned COVID-10 containment protocols. Tufton has explained that a sticking point stems from particulars of the local football governor’s COVID protocols had to be with the interactions of players and management teams.

“I know they have made an offer in terms of introducing activities without the crowd support but even so in the expert advice of the clinicians, the public health team, the interaction of teams and management still does pose a risk and certain protocols have to be put in place for that,”

Tufton said in recent interview with local television.

The JFF has, in turn, promised to meet with the body to iron out all the specific details of changes required to get the league off the ground for the 2021-2022 season.