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High School Sports Paused in Illinois Due to State's New COVID-19 Restrictions

The Illinois High School Association Board of Directors is putting a pause on winter sports in the state due to new COVID-19 restrictions issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 3:44 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 5:10 PM

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for a special virtual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, where an update on winter sports was provided.

The IHSA Board issued guidance to pause all IHSA winter sports and activities by Friday, Nov. 20, to align with the new COVID-19 mitigations recently issued by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, which also go into effect on Nov. 20.

“All IHSA sports and activities will cease by November 20 for what we hope is a short-term pause,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson on Thursday. “Given the rising COVID-19 cases in our state and region, we support the Governor’s mitigations and believe it is imperative for everyone in the state to do their part in following them so that we can return to high school sports participation as soon as possible.”

The Board will revisit the status of winter sports at their update discussion on Dec. 2, and again at their regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 14 if necessary.

Based on Illinois' current COVID-19 restrictions, the Board said it believes that early to mid-December will be the most reasonable target to review the status of winter IHSA sports and activities.

For more information on specific activities addressed by the IHSA Board of Directors, you can view the full release from Thursday's meeting here.


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