High school football, other “high risk” sports not allowed to play in New York

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(WETM) – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that high school football and other high-risk sports such as wrestling, rugby, and ice hockey will not be allowed to start their seasons on time.

Sports that are designated as “low-risk” such as soccer, cross-country, field hockey, tennis, and swimming are allowed to start practice on Sept. 21. Travel for practice or play will be prohibited outside of the school’s region or contiguous regions or counties until October 19th.

“The State has done a lot of research on how we can safely have our students participate in school sports and get the exercise they need, and the guidance we developed will allow lower-risk sports to begin practicing and playing next month,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are approaching youth sports as we have approached everything else in our phased reopening – teams are not allowed to compete outside a school’s region or contiguous region for the time being until we can gauge the effects.”

Schools are encouraged to follow the Department of Health’s protocols when it comes to fall sports.

New York reported its lowest infection rate (.066%) on Monday and noted that it’s the 17th straight day that the infection rate has been under 1%.

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