Virginia High School League announces guidelines for return to sports in December

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Michael Toth, athletic trainer, left, takes Gavin Guers’ temperature before football practice at Blue Mountain High School in Orwigsburg, Pa., on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (Lindsey Shuey/The Republican-Herald via AP)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) has amended executive order 67 to add changes related to recreational sports. The amendments opens the door for a return of some high school sports in December

The amended executive order says capacity at sporting events cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load or 250 persons. For sports played on a field, like football, attendees are limited to 250 people per field.

The Virginia High School League has also issued its “Guidelines for Return to participation” for school divisions to provide guidance for schools resuming sports and related activities.

“Keeping our student athletes safe is critical during this pandemic,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “I
know I join many parents in looking forward to the safe return of school sports. VHSL has been a
tremendous partner throughout the COVID crisis, and I appreciate the thoughtfulness and diligence they have put in development of these guidelines for returning to play.”

“This amendment by the Governor clears the way for all of our sports to play,” said VHSL Executive
Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun. “We appreciate the time, effort, and input staff received while preparing this document. Adherence to these guidelines will offer a safe reopening for our students, coaches, staff, officials, and communities once we start playing in December. Additionally, we appreciate the close collaboration and guidance from the Governor’s office, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).”

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