by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) – The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) bowls off today in St. Kitts against the backdrop of increasing cases of COVID-19 described by the Chief Medical Officer as the Federation’s third wave.
Within the CPL cohort of 255 persons, 2 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 but are reported to be isolating. The league is being managed under strict health and safety protocols and will welcome fully vaccinated fans back to Warner Park.
Despite robust regulations and a bio-bubble in place, Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws urged caution to all persons intending to socialise in the Federation.
“How do we socialise in this present context? We are in a third wave. So how do we socialise? Or maybe I should ask should we be socialising in this context? Well, we are social beings, we can’t exist without it, but we need to be wise. So you need to ask yourself, what type of social event is it? Should you really be going? Who will be there? You know, will it be very crowded?”
The CPL tournament is being administered with strict COVID-19 regulations regarding attendance and operations.
Superintendent Cromwell Henry of Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force explained the COVID-19 regulations governing the tournament.
The CPL is typically known for its high velocity, party atmosphere at its games. The regulations as they stand, however, prevent music from being played at events.
Head of Marketing for CPL, Chris Watson, told WINN on Wednesday that fans can experience the Sunshine Premium Stand with DJ/Music and a bar.
“This is replacing the area which used to be the CPL Party Stand, and this is in partnership with Sunshine’s Bar out of Nevis. So in that area, there’ll be a DJ, there will be drinks offered at the bar, there will be good vibes, all in a sort of safe and responsible way, of course, following all of the other protocols… We’re launching that today [Wednesday, August 25, 2021] so that I know people are very familiar with that particular area of the stadium, so that’s going on sale this morning.”
The question therefore remains, what will the DJ be allowed to play given Superintendent Henry’s statements? WINN will investigate and report in the coming days.
Edited by Jason Harper.