All games, practices delayed until Jan. 4

Gov. Tom Wolf announced during a press conference Thursday afternoon new mitigation measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them was an announcement that affected high school and youth sports in the Commonwealth.

The measures means there will be no high school or youth sports in Pennsylvania – games, tournaments or practices – for three weeks. It goes into effect Saturday at 12:01 a.m. and expires Monday, Jan. 4, at 8 a.m.

During that time, all extracurricular activities at schools are suspended, according to Wolf.

“Unfortunately COVID-19, that virus, thrives in places where people gather together,” Wolf said in Thursday’s press conference. “It spreads most easily when people are spending time together, talking with each other, talking without masks on.”

Wolf noted that the measures aim to accomplish three goals:

— Stop the spread of COVID-19

— Keep hospitals and healthcare workers from being overwhelmed

— Help Pennsylvanians get through the holiday season and closer to a vaccine.

While athletics were shut down in the spring, this temporary order will not cancel the entire winter season.

“The measures I’m announcing today are intended to be temporary,” Wolf said


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