The COVID-19 pandemic swept across the nation and shuttered many establishments. Sports on a whole was impacted severely since most require close contact and attract mass gatherings. Specifically the closure of gyms heavily restricted crucial practice sessions for athletes, and personal fitness for the general public. Team Belize who recently returned from Costa Rica with eleven medals, noted that not being able to access gyms and other sports facilities made training for the competition a difficult task. Minister of Sports and E-Governance Kevin Bernard spoke to Love News about the plans they are making to gradually and responsibly reactivate sports within the country.
Hon. Kevin Bernard, Minister of Youth, Sports & E-Governance: “Right now as you know due to COVID sports has been put on hold for the most part except for training in terms of like Volleyball and track and field and so forth but we are gradually hoping that we can return some level of contact in sports but at the same time trying to ensure that we all still follow COVID protocols. We are in negotiation with the Minister of Health and putting out some proposal for example in the use of the gyms especially the outdoor gyms a lot of investment has taken place in terms of some of these establishments but they are not able to do anything because those places remain closed. So as the Ministry responsible for sports we are looking at all this, how can we bring back a phased in approach to sports while being responsible, while ensuring that people are following all the protocols to continue to prevent the spread of this virus.”
Gyms are required to remain closed under the current Statutory Instrument (SI).