The Barbados Football Association has suspended all ongoing competition.
This comes in the wake of the Ministry of Health and Wellness announcing two confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19) earlier today.
“We had always stated we would be guided by our Government and the Ministry of Health as to how we should proceed if there was any development, so we were more or less ready. The health and safety of our staff, workers, players and support staff remain paramount,” President Randy Harris said.
Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic has advised that gatherings of more than 100 people not be done and advised all to play their part in helping to stem the spread of the virus.
As a result, football’s local governing body has postponed all fixtures in the Coca Cola Premier League, Division One, National Youth Cup and the 2020 Annual General Meeting which was carded for Sunday, March 22.
“We are playing it by ear and we stand to be guided as to how to operate, but for the moment our activities will remain suspended until further notice,” Harris added.
Last week, Concacaf announced the suspension of all their competitions. The senior men’s national football team will now have to wait to begin their campaign on the Road to Gold Cup as the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup Qualifiers against Guyana, scheduled for March 26 and 31, will no longer be played.
Additionally, reigning Premier League champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme will also have to wait to participate in the Concacaf Caribbean Shield Cup which was scheduled to be held in Curacao next month.