Allegheny County officials address limit on outdoor gatherings and its impact on high school sports

Allegheny County officials address limit on outdoor gatherings and its impact on high school sports

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ABOUT HOW THIS IS GOING TO WORK? KYLIE: WE’RE STILL WAITING ON THE DETAILS FROM THE COUNTY, BUT FOR NOW, NORTH ALLEGHENY IT’S POSSIBLE THEY WILL LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON A TEAM TO FOLLOW GUIDANCE FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. FOR SOME TEAMS THOUGH, THAT COULD CAUSE ISSUES. >> IT IS GOING TO BE VERY VERY DIFFICULT AND ALMOST NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR FOOTBALL. KYLIE: AT NORTH ALLEGHENY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR BOB BAZZUTO EXPRESSING CONCERN, ABOUT THE LIMITS PLACED ON GATHERINGS IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY. TODAY, THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED IT’S WORKING TO ENSURE SAFE EVENTS, AND ALLOW SPORTING EVENTS WITH COVID-19 MEASURES IN PLACE. BUT FOR NOW, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S LIMIT ON OUTDOOR GATHERINGS OF 50 REMAINS IN PLACE AND APPLIES TO SPORTS. OUTSIDE OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY, THE LIMIT ON OUTDOOR GATHERINGS, 250 PEOPLE. BAZZUTO TELLING PITTSBURGH’S ACTION NEWS 4, VIA ZOOM, HE ANTICIPATES THE DISTRICT TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS ON TEAMS, ESPECIALLY FOOTBALL. >> WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DRESS OUR ENTIRE FOOTBALL TEAM. KYLIE: ACCORDING TO PIAA, THE STATE AUTHORITY OVER SPORTS, SPORTS RELATED ACTIVITIES ARE LIMITED TO STUDENT ATHLETES, COACHES, OFFICIALS, AND STAFF ONLY. BAZZUTO SAYS IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR CHEERLEADERS AND THE 230-MEMBER MARCHING BAND TO ATTEND GAMES, A MAJOR BLOW FOR SENIOR ATHLETES. SENIOR LINEMAN MIKE DORN SAYS IT’D BE AWFUL IF EVERYONE COULDN’T PLAY. >> NOT BEING ABLE TO GET THAT FINAL SENIOR SEASON THAT WE’VE ALL BEEN WORKING TOWARDS WOULD JUST BE AWFUL IT’D BE DEVASTATING KYLIE: THAT IS EXPECTED TOMORROW

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Allegheny County officials address limit on outdoor gatherings and its impact on high school sports

Allegheny County officials addressed the county’s limit on outdoor gatherings and its impact on high school sporting events on Thursday. This comes one day before the vote from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) on whether it will move forward with fall sports. County officials said that currently, the 50-person limit on outdoor gatherings does apply to sports. Outside of Allegheny County, there is a 250-person limit on outdoor gatherings. Officials said both the PIAA and the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) plans have extensive health and safety protocols that have already been approved by the state. In a statement, the county said in part it is “Looking at those protocols and will work with WPIAL to ensure safe events in the county meet COVID guidelines while also allowing sporting events to occur with appropriate measures in place.”County officials said they hope to have more information to release on Friday. Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration issued a “strong recommendation” that pre-K-12 school sports and recreational youth sports in Pennsylvania be postponed until at least Jan. 1 to protect children and teens from COVID-19.

Allegheny County officials addressed the county’s limit on outdoor gatherings and its impact on high school sporting events on Thursday.

This comes one day before the vote from the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) on whether it will move forward with fall sports.

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County officials said that currently, the 50-person limit on outdoor gatherings does apply to sports. Outside of Allegheny County, there is a 250-person limit on outdoor gatherings.

Officials said both the PIAA and the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) plans have extensive health and safety protocols that have already been approved by the state.

In a statement, the county said in part it is “Looking at those protocols and will work with WPIAL to ensure safe events in the county meet COVID guidelines while also allowing sporting events to occur with appropriate measures in place.”

County officials said they hope to have more information to release on Friday.

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration issued a “strong recommendation” that pre-K-12 school sports and recreational youth sports in Pennsylvania be postponed until at least Jan. 1 to protect children and teens from COVID-19.