(CMR) Miss World 2021 postponed its finale in Puerto Rico on Thursday over COVID-19 concerns and just hours before the pageant was due to start. Reports are that 17 people involved in the pageant had tested positive for COVID-19, though it was not clear how many participants were among those infected.
The decision was taken “…due to health and safety interest of contestants, staff, crew and general public,” the organizers said in a statement on their social media.
A press release issued on Thursday reads, “After meeting with the virologists and medical experts hired to oversee the Miss World 2021 event and discussing with the Puerto Rico Health Department, the decision has been made by the organizers of the event to postpone the globally broadcast finale at the Puerto RicoColiseum Jose Miguel Agrelot to be held within the next 90 days.”
It continued, “As of yesterday, additional safety measures were implemented in the best interest of the contestants, production team, and spectators, understanding the event increased risks on the stage and in the dressing room. However, after additional positive cases were confirmed this morning after consulting with health officials and experts, the postponement decision was made.”
Miss Cayman Rashana Hydes and Cayman's Pageant director Pamela Small are currently in Puerto Rico.