Lamont cancels plan that would have allowed Connecticut high school athletes to remove masks – CT Insider

High school athletes, coaches and sports officials in Connecticut will have to continue wearing masks during indoor competition as COVID cases continue to rise statewide, a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday.

Initial plans called for students competing indoors during the winter season to be able to remove masks for competition if vaccinated as of Dec. 23. But due to a spike in COVID cases, those plans have been paused.

“We had said when this guidance was released that the rules would change subject to a fluid and dynamic COVID situation,” Lamont’s spokesman Max Reiss said. “And with cases surging, we want to continue to provide the most protection possible for students, staff and those involved with high school athletics.”

Connecticut’s COVID infection rate reported Wednesday was the highest for a seven day average since the state began broad testing last year. There were 3,366 new cases discovered Wednesday, resulting in a daily positivty rate of 8.93 percent. The seven-day average reached 7.78 percent.

The state’s daily positivity rate had dipped as low as 1.52 percent on Oct. 29, but has been on a steady climb since then.

“The only context that pausing the season was mentioned (in Tuesday’s athletic director meeting) was if we do not adhere to the COVID protocols that we have come to know to be effective, we risk creating a situation where we may not be able to compete seasons. We do not want to have discussions about shutting down. To avoid that, we need to strictly adhere to the COVID mitigating strategies.”

Dan Haar contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.ctinsider.com/gametimect/article/Connecticut-high-school-athletes-to-continue-16723507.php

High school athletes, coaches and sports officials in Connecticut will have to continue wearing masks during indoor competition as COVID cases continue to rise statewide, a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday.

Initial plans called for students competing indoors during the winter season to be able to remove masks for competition if vaccinated as of Dec. 23. But due to a spike in COVID cases, those plans have been paused.

“We had said when this guidance was released that the rules would change subject to a fluid and dynamic COVID situation,” Lamont’s spokesman Max Reiss said. “And with cases surging, we want to continue to provide the most protectio…….

High school athletes, coaches and sports officials in Connecticut will have to continue wearing masks during indoor competition as COVID cases continue to rise statewide, a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday.

Initial plans called for students competing indoors during the winter season to be able to remove masks for competition if vaccinated as of Dec. 23. But due to a spike in COVID cases, those plans have been paused.

“We had said when this guidance was released that the rules would change subject to a fluid and dynamic COVID situation,” Lamont’s spokesman Max Reiss said. “And with cases surging, we want to continue to provide the most protectio…….

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