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No Friday Night Lights For Now As Cuomo Outlines Sports Guidance

Jim Levulis

Governor Andrew Cuomo says there won’t be any high school football games, wrestling matches or ice hockey contests this fall. The governor issued new guidelines to phase-in matches for other types of school sports Monday. 

Cuomo says sports that are considered “low risk,” including tennis, soccer, field hockey, cross country track and swimming, can resume as early as September 21. Schools can compete with teams from other schools within their own region of the state.  But for now, he says, football, wrestling and ice hockey teams will be limited to practice, and even those will be delayed until October 19.

Cuomo says he wants to be cautious.

“The fall is a big question mark,” said Cuomo, who repeated concerns form health experts of a second wave of the virus returning when the weather cools. 

The governor issued the rules on a day when the test results from the previous day revealed a virus positivity rate of 0.66%. That number has remained at under 1% for a couple of weeks.

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