Amateur sports at the collegiate and high school level can resume play with modifications in Pennsylvania counties in the yellow and green phases of governor Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen the state from coronavirus restrictions, he announced on Wednesday.
“All collegiate sports sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), as well as intramural and club sports, may resume in-person activities in counties designated in the Yellow and Green phases, in alignment with the PA Department of Education (PDE) Preliminary Guidance for Resuming In-Person Instruction at Post Secondary Higher Education Institutions and Adult Basic Education Providers, guidance issued by DOH, the CDC, NCAA, and the team’s relevant collegiate athletic conference,” Wolf said in a statement.
Restrictions on all sports include monitoring athletes for symptoms, having an action play if a player, coach or official is infected, maintaining social distancing whenever possible, reducing activities that increase the risk of exposure such as chewing gum, spitting, shaking hands, and sharing equipment
College teams in the green phase of reopening, which includes all of the Greater Pittsburgh area, can otherwise resume regular operation, as long as gatherings do not exceed 250 people or 50% of their facility’s capacity. All attendees other than players and staff must adhere to social distancing practices.
High school and other school-sponsored sports can resume, also with the 250-person maximum and 50% of capacity restrictions, but can be played with student athletes, coaches, officials and staff only.
Recreational and other amateur sports can resume in counties designated as green.