At his daily press conference Illinois governor J.B. Pritzger has announced that the winter sports of basketball, ice hockey and wrestling have been put “on hold” for the time being. .
The sports have not been cancelled however the initial practice date of November 16th appears to no longer be feasible.
Cheerleading and dance have been lowered to low-risk sports.
There is some confusion linked to the IDPH website.
Basketball has been moved from medium risk to a higher risk sport. However it is listed as a low-risk sport by the IDPH IF people “Maintain at least 6 feet of distance on the bench.”
“About 15 minutes prior to Governor Pritzker’s press conference today, we were alerted that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has elevated the sport of basketball from a medium risk level to a high risk level,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “We remain considerate of the recent rise in positive COVID-19 cases in our state. However, in our meeting with IDPH on Friday (October 23), we felt that we presented multiple options that would allow for basketball to be conducted safely by IHSA schools this winter, many of which are being utilized in neighboring states who plan to play high school basketball. Despite that setback, there is some positive news, as IDPH accepted the IHSA’s mitigations related to other sports, including cheerleading and dance, allowing them to move from a medium risk level to a low risk level. We will hold our special Board of Directors meeting on October 28 as scheduled, where our Board will provide direction on the other winter sports, as well as discuss the IHSA sports schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.”
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