Broome County January 28 outlined its guidance for high schools to bring student athletics back on the court and field during the coronavirus pandemic.  Images

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The County says in order for high-risk sports to resume, all participants, coaches and other staff must wear masks, districts need to designate a coordinator to oversee their sports protocol plans, have a monitoring system including temperature checks and health assessments, have contact information complete for tracing purposes, place limits on the number of participants and spectators are not allowed.

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Broome County Health officials say they want to see plans from the school districts on how they will adhere to the regulations for resuming high-risk sports.  With guidance, sports like basketball wrestling, competitive cheer and volleyball can resume in the area as early as Monday, February 1 but it is up to the districts, parents or guardians and the student athletes themselves to ultimately decide on participation.

Tioga County a day earlier adopted similar guidelines.

County plans across New York State vary when it comes to whether play will be allowed outside a particular region, county or conference.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo suddenly announced late in the afternoon January 22 that student athletics would be allowed to start February 1.


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