From Monday, members of the national community have been given the green light to participate in recreational activities, according to Shamfa Cudjoe, the Minister of Sports and Community Development, who addressed the media during the Ministry of Health’s virtual press conference Saturday on the latest on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Minister said that members of the public are advised that the roll-back measure that will allow for outdoor recreational sporting activities for groups of no more than 22 persons, will officially be implemented from Monday.
She said: "Please note that this new measure does not include league activities and will not be allowed before Monday, February 22nd. We will not be rolling back for sports that are indoors and sports that require leagues and national competitions. This solely for persons who want to go out and play. This mainly for their physical fitness and mental health. It is important that sporting bodies and sports enthusiast understand what we are doing right now."
Back on November 8, the Prime Minister of T&T Dr Keith Rowley gave the green-light for national teams preparing for international competitions, to resume training while teams waiting for domestic action had to wait a while longer, giving the assurance that more will be done for sports once they can do so.
Rowley's permission comes on the heels of a request by national coach Terry Fenwick to National Security Minister Stuart Young, for his team to resume training ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifying action in March.
The Prime Minister said then that: "We know that we have a number of sporting teams who are anxious to get engage in preparation for competition at home and abroad, so we are now going to allow all sporting teams that are engaged in national competition, international competition, those teams can now go back to full activity.
"And of course, if they are to have persons other than the team around, they are to remain in groups of no more than 10."