Mckenzie says no double standard at work in granting of approval for Sigma run 2021

by February 22nd, 2021

The Ministry of Local Government is assuring that the recently held Sigma run 2021, was monitored and found to be compliant with the approved protocols.

This following widespread criticisms of double standard in light of Covid-19 restrictions and several other events being denied approval.

In a statement today (February 22) the Local Government Ministry said following the announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in Parliament on February 9, applications for sporting events are being considered on a case-by-case basis.

It said an application for the sigma run was made and approval was given, after a full range of stringent protocols, for which the company was required to manage, were considered.

The Ministry said the consideration to grant the approval was based on compliance with the established protocols only and is the first of a number of applications that was considered.

It added that the government is aware of the general desire for a return to normal life and noted that even-handedness is being applied to all applications for sporting events.

Consistent with this approach the ministry says it is trying to manage the pandemic, and as such applications for sporting events have to be assessed case by case.

The necessary protocols are required to be designed to govern every event that is approved.

According to the Local Government Ministry, presently, some submissions for events made by the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association have been approved, while an application from the Jamaica Karting Association is now being reviewed.

Local Government Minister, Desmond Mckenzie says every effort is being made to ensure that normal societal life can return, while ensuring that Covid-19 is effectively managed.