All sports were allowed to open on March 19; DPH unveils new recommendations for spring season

With the number of COVID-19 cases dropping and vaccinations on the rise in Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont gave all sports the green light to resume on March 19.

This green light, part of the easing of state-wide restrictions announced by Lamont on Thursday afternoon, applies to all levels of sport, from from young people in high school to college to adult fun.

It’s a move that completely reverses the sports suspension that the state put in place in mid-November and only partially relaxed in January, which allowed the CIAC to move forward with a shortened high school winter season.

The only problem: Everything is subject to sports driving issued by the State Department of Public Health, and within hours of the governor’s announcement Thursday, the DPH revealed what that guide will look like for the spring season.

In a nutshell, the DPH continues to take a cautious approach, but one that allows for greater participation, both on the pitch and in the stands.

The DPH continues to require that masks be worn by athletes competing indoors. This is the rule in effect for the current school winter season.

Masks are also recommended in varying degrees for outdoor spring sports, which at the high school level are expected to start on March 27.

Even the cohorting of athletes during training, both indoor and outdoor, continues to be recommended for all sports, mainly to limit relapses in quarantine in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on a team.

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