“[…] Last Saturday, the malls were jam-packed with juveniles and police had to be called in to disperse the crowd. Beaches remain open and quite obviously will be crowded this weekend, just as they were reported to be last weekend, while there are sure to be new movies released in the cinema.
“Yet still, sports is being picked on…”
The following letter to the editor on the government’s restrictions on sport was submitted to Wired868 by Nicholas, a football coach:
As a concerned citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, I write this letter hoping to generate a healthy discussion from the public, and possibly hoping for those in charge to pick sense out of nonsense
Don’t get me wrong, I respect all that the government has been doing to safeguard myself and the nation from the deadly Covid-19 virus that has hit the world by surprise. However, some things aren’t adding up at all with certain decisions that are being made.
School’s out! It’s Easter. Last Saturday, the malls were jam-packed with juveniles and police had to be called in to disperse the crowd. Beaches remain open and quite obviously will be crowded this weekend, just as they were reported to be last weekend, while there are sure to be new movies released in the cinema.
Yet still, sports is being picked on.
Mind you, competitions are not allowed and there are no stadiums activities, so pavilions and bleachers remain empty. Yet still the minister of health chose to take away the little stress reliever for the youngsters.
I’m trying to understand. Does it make sense when your entire backdoor—beaches, cinemas and malls—remain wide open.
Have you noticed the increase in murders of our juveniles recently? Eighteen-year-old Brad of Santa Cruz, a 17-year-old from El Dorado, a 15-year-old from Port of Spain. How about the 14-year-old and 15-year-old from the children’s home, and the kidnap of the 17-year-old in Enterprise?
While some might be unrelated, what if the lack of recreational activities permitted to youngsters have led them to channel their energies in a different direction?
One might argue that your health is more important, but so too is our sanity. Good sense must prevail. This is not an argument about Covid-19 really, it is about the rationale behind taking away ‘leisure’ activities when the multiple other ways the virus can infect persons remain untouched.
A more sensible approach with more informed consultation should be considered, which involves: protecting one’s physical and mental health and, especially, the overall wellbeing of youths.