Suffolk County announces plan to resume 'high-risk' HS sports

Bellone says the county's Department of Health is putting forward guidance in order to start high-risk sports after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that they could start with county approval.

News 12 Staff

Jan 25, 2021, 10:57 PM

Updated 1,182 days ago

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced Monday the county's plan to resume high school sports deemed "high risk."
Bellone says the county's Department of Health is putting forward guidance in order to start high-risk sports after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that they could start with county approval.
Bellone also says that high schools with logistical issues will be allowed to use county parks for cross-country meets.
Section XI Executive Director Tom Combs says "most" Suffolk County districts are on board with resuming high-risk sports. Feb. 1 remains the start the date for the county.
Among the sports that will now be allowed includes football, wrestling and basketball.
Bellone underscored the benefits to restarting high-risk sports for students. The county executive says despite the announcement, there are still challenges ahead in bringing overall numbers down in Suffolk.
Athletics officials say at this time, spectators will not be allowed at events.
In an outline of some parts of the plan, Bellone says testing is the cornerstone of making it happen. Bellone says weekly testing will be required and the county will work in partnership with the districts to provide them.
Bellone said other important regulations put in place include taking temperatures of players and coaches, minimizing equipment sharing and playing in "smart spaces" -- including practicing outdoors when possible. He also says masks should be worn whenever possible, and especially when on the sidelines.
They are also asking students to take the "Champion of the Community" pledge in recognition of their responsibility in being responsible when it comes to being safe dealing with COVID-19 in their community.
Sources say Nassau high school athletic officials will meet Tuesday morning to discuss resuming 'high-risk' sports.
CLICK TO PLAY: Bellone, Suffolk officials provide news update on high-risk sports resumption.


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