No Premier League until January
STAR Sports understands that the National Premier League's start will face a further delay as the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) will not review the Jamaica Football Federation's (JFF) COVID-19 protocols until January.
The league was initially hoping for a start in late October or early November, but after a first meeting between the JFF and the MOHW, the start was postponed to November 14. But that date was then pushed back to December 6, after the JFF was asked to revise and resubmit its health and safety protocols to the MOHW.
"It sounds like January now, so we have asked our coach to tone down preparation," Mount Pleasant General Manager David Galloway said. "But the minister (Christopher Tufton) knows that if he opens football, he will also have to open the rest of the system and they do not want to do that."
JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint said the federation is trying to arrange a meeting with the ministry for next week, but that no timeline for a start date could be given until they hold those talks.
The Premier League ended prematurely in March, then was ruled null and void by the JFF because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, all attempts by the JFF to get approval from the MOHW for this season have been unsuccessful.