Masks now required in gyms, fitness centers; Gov. Lamont pauses all club team sports until Jan. 2021

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — On Friday, officials announced masks now required in order to enter Gyms and Fitness Centers in the state.

Under a no exceptions warning, the state says masks now required in order to enter Gyms and Fitness Centers in the state.

Team sports are still on pause.

ORIGINAL: All club sports will be paused until January due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state, Governor Ned Lamont announced Thursday.

The governor announced that all club and other team sports must pause all activities until Jan. 19, 2021. It goes into effect on Nov. 23, 2020.

This comes only one day after the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced a move to postpone all high school winter sports until Jan. 19.

The governor’s announcement Thursday does not apply to professional or college sports.

When asked if it is realistic that sports will be able to resume in the spring, Lamont said, “We’re gonna sure try. I mean, I know how important…I love sports. We were all in high school; I know how important it is for young kids. I know a lot of them were gearing up for this for a while. Even if it’s an abbreviated season that starts later, that’s worth it as long as we can do it safely. “

News 8 spoke with young hockey players at the Northford Ice Pavilion, they were disappointed but seem to understand the need for the shutdown.

Benjamin McGovern told News 8, “I just want to have time with my team. And, it’s like the only social interaction we could get this year.”

Tyler Ferraro added, “I’m sad that we have to leave hockey, and miss out on all the fun games and fun things that we do at practice. The most I’m gonna miss is all my teammates.”

Carter Garceau of Branford said, “I was like, ‘Oh no, I really like hockey. I don’t wanna stop.'”

Kurt Garceau, a parent and hockey coach said, “It’s hard, it’s emotional for the kids. They think they can play. Now they can’t, so, that’s the hard part to balance. It’s the emotion for the young kids.”

We asked the coach if the kids truly understand what’s going on, he said kids are resilient. Even when they were told they had to wear masks on the ice, they see themselves in situations and they adapt to them. Now, like many others, they’ll be forced to adapt to being on the sidelines.

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