CT Department of Health recommends high-risk winter sports be moved to the spring


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut’s Department of Public Health (DPH) has released updated sports guidance concerning winter season sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The document, issued by officials, includes recommendations for interscholastic leagues, recreational and private leagues for youth and adults.

The department recommended moderate-risk sports, like basketball, ice hockey volleyball and soccer, continue to be played inside — including state competitions, which it advised moving to the spring.

The same suggestions applied to lower-risk sports like golf, singles tennis, running/cross country and weightlifting.

However, everyone — including players — is asked to wear masks, social distance and follow health protocols.

For high-risk sports, like wrestling martial arts, football and dance, it suggested moving them to the spring.

Credit: CT DPH

These recommendations will be added to the already updated sector rules on sports from the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

The suggestions do not apply to college level or professional athletics.

“This guidance is based on a risk assessment for COVID-19 conducted by the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee of the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS), a national organization governing high school athletics. The guidance includes a description of the risk categories for sports, breaks down the risks of different activity associated with those sports, and makes recommendations for each of those activities,” officials write.

A pull break down of the recommendations can be found online.

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