“Fly your kite in your own yard and enjoy the day at home in keeping with the regulations that govern our shelter in place at this time,” Minister of National Security Wayne Caines said, adding that “any kite that gets lost or goes down, must be abandoned.”
The Minister’s comments come as the island prepares to celebrate Good Friday under a Shelter in Place order, with the strict policies in place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which sadly has already claimed over 80,000 lives worldwide, and three here at home.
An Aerial Look At Kite Flying Last Year:
Speaking at last night’s press briefing, Minister Caines said, “Lastly, we know the cultural significance of the upcoming Good Friday holiday. Kite flying is considered one of the cornerstones of our heritage.
“But while the breeze may be perfect for pitching kites and seeing colourful hummers on full display in our skies is a heartening sight, even this tradition must be tempered by the reality of our current global situation.
“We simply cannot do what we instinctively want to do at this time of year. Fly your kite in your own yard and enjoy the day at home in keeping with the regulations that govern our shelter in place at this time. Any kite that gets lost or goes down, must be abandoned. This is not optional.”
“On Easter Sunday, churches will still be closed. However, we expect and encourage our religious and faith based entities to continue to provide their Sabbath and Sunday services and observations via online and broadcast mediums,” the Minister also added.
Of course, if you decide to fly a kite, your house has to be positioned in a suitable location — which many will not be — as BELCO always advises that “kite flying should be done away from power lines in the interest of safety and to avoid creating power outages,” and, to state the obvious, with mostly everyone at home now it would be vastly inconvenient for your neighborhood if you create a power outage.