‘This is not the time for football’ president says, urges people to stay at home

Alfredo Whittaker (Cayman Sports Buzz file image)

It’s been more than three weeks since the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) was forced to put its various competitions on hold, as activities around the world were brought to a standstill due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. And CIFA President Alfredo Whittaker is seeking to reassure members of the local footballing community that all will be well.

In a letter distributed on Tuesday 31 March, Whittaker stated that although it is “a very difficult time”, not only in the Cayman Islands but across the world, “I am sure that we will get through this together; with the love of our families, by listening to the authorities and following the regulations including regular washing of hands and social distancing.”

Public Health officials have confirmed that there are more than 20 cases of the deadly virus in the Cayman Islands, as it continues to kill thousands worldwide.

The Cayman Islands is currently under a ‘Shelter in Place’ order, otherwise known as a soft curfew, during the daytime that allows for limited activities including trips to banks and supermarkets, as well as a strict night-time curfew.  Residents are also permitted to head out for exercise for up to a maximum of 1.5 hours daily.

“Football is at the heart and soul of our community, but this is not a time for football. We must stay at home for our own safety and the health and well-being of our loved ones,” Whittaker urged.

The football shutdown came as the Cayman Premier League season was drawing to a close and during the women’s season. Youth leagues were just getting underway. Several planned overseas trips by national teams were also called off.

“I wish to thank you for your support and reassure you that we will come through this together, I have no doubt we will find ourselves in a strong position growing the game and improving football across the Islands,” the CIFA president added.

See Whittaker’s letter below:

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