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County approves start of high risk sports

On Friday, Jan. 29, Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort announced, in conjunction with Public Health Director Sara Boerenko, that “high-risk sports are permitted to begin Feb. 1, pending local school district approval. Spectators will not be allowed at games and scrimmages, however districts plan to use live streaming for parents and fans.”

In a news release, Ossenfort said, “Together with our superintendents, we have created a path forward for high-risk sports that balances safety but also allows student athletes to compete.

“Teams will be allowed to begin practicing, scheduling scrimmages and games Feb. 1 within Montgomery County. Upon the rolling seven-day average falling below 4 percent or less, Montgomery County teams will be allowed to play games with counties that have approved play. Currently districts are awaiting guidance from Section 2 regarding wrestling protocols, and more information will be forthcoming upon receipt.

“This decision will allow teams to begin practice and games, avoiding a total loss of the season. It is truly my hope the metrics improve and student athletes can commence out of county competition during the winter season.”

Ossenfort will discuss high-risk sports in further detail during Montgomery County’s Facebook live briefing on Monday at 1 p.m.

A special meeting of the Fort Plain Board of Education will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. in the Harry Hoag cafeteria to discuss approval of high risk winter sports.