High school athletes in Pennsylvania will be permitted to getting back to practicing and competing at the start of 2021.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Wednesday his ban on participating in high school activities won’t be extended, which opens the door for high school teams across the state to re-start their winter sports season on Monday morning, starting at 8 AM.
Governor Wolf also lifted his attendance restriction, which allowed only 10 people to attend indoor events and 25 people for outdoor events. That restriction will also end on Monday morning. However, the mask mandate remains in place as well as a limit on attendance which will go back to a previously implemented percentage of capacity formula.
“There have been some positive signs lately,” said Wolf. “Our statewide positivity rate went down this week for the second week in a row. While the number of hospitalizations and deaths remain entirely too high in Pennsylvania, it appears the number of new cases reported each day has plateaued. That means our mitigation efforts over the past several weeks have done what they were intended to do.”
“This does not mean that we’re out of the woods,” said Wolf. “We need to continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, because if we get complacent and let case numbers begin to go back up, the danger to our communities, to our families, to our health-care system will return with swift and deadly consequences.”