County County issues detailed plans to resume high-risk sports

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Public health director Lisa Perfetti today released full guidance on returning higher risk sports competitions in the county.

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Weekly testing is recommended and face masks will be required of all athletes, coaches, managers, spectators, etc.

Travel outside the CNY region for sports is prohibited, along with playoffs and any other group tournaments.

School superintendents & recreation league organizers must oversee the creation of sport-specific guidelines.

Those will be posted online for public viewing once completed.

Additionally, special consent forms and medical clearances are required from each participant.

“Ultimately, the decision falls on parents/guardians on whether to allow their children to participate,” Perfetti said. “Schools, players, parents, and coaches should understand that social interactions outside of an actual practice or competition (e.g. locker rooms, buses) are also potential places of transmission among student-athletes.”

Higher risk sports include wrestling, ice hockey, basketball, contact lacrosse, and volleyball.

Last week, Governor Cuomo said trainings/competition could resume starting this Monday (February 1), but only if local health departments gave the OK.

Most have issued plans of their own, including Onondaga and Tompkins Counties.

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