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PIAA: High schools can resume summer workouts without masks

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PIAA: High schools can resume summer workouts without masks

On Friday, Alan Saunders reported that the PIAA and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have given the go-ahead for high school teams to resume summer workouts after some confusion regarding her mask order earlier this week.

PIAA: High Schools Can Resume Summer Workouts without Masks During Play

Levine, through PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi, clarified that players to do not need to wear masks while actively competing or during workouts, but must wear masks while on the sidelines, in the dugout or in any other location where six feet of social distancing is not possible.

Additionally, all coaches and spectators must wear masks at all times. Many schools in the area began cancelling their workouts after Levine’s order, released by Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday, mandated mask wear for all Pennsylvanians when unable to social distance.

School districts must file The PIAA and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have given the go-ahead for high school teams to resume summer workouts after some confusion regarding her mask order earlier this week.

Levine, through PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi, clarified that players to do not need to wear masks while actively competing or during workouts, but must wear masks while on the sidelines, in the dugout or in any other location where six feet of social distancing is not possible.

Additionally, all coaches and spectators must wear masks at all times. Many schools in the area began cancelling their workouts after Levine’s order, released by Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday, mandated mask wear for all Pennsylvanians when unable to social distance.

School districts must have a health and safety plan enacted in order to return to summer workouts and, eventually competitions.

 

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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