Gov. Wolf recommends postponing school sports until 2021

Written by on August 6, 2020

Gov. Wolf recommends postponing school sports until 2021

By Jen Rehill

August 6, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf is strongly recommending all school and recreational youth sports be canceled until 2021.

Speaking at a news conference this afternoon, the governor said residents should avoid all settings where large groups of people congregate – to prevent new cases of COVID-19.

“Anytime we get together, for any reason, that’s a problem. Because it makes it easier for that virus to spread. So the guidance from us, the recommendation is that we don’t do any sports until January first,” said Wolf.

The administration described the guidance is not an order or mandate.

In the Lehigh Valley, the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference which governs athletics for 18 high schools voted on Tuesday to implement a staggered delay of sports competitions in the fall amid COVID concerns. 

Currently, the first football games of the season have been pushed to October. Other contact sports like soccer, field hockey and volleyball are scheduled to begin at the end of September. 

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