Illinois high school athletes OK’d for next phase of ‘Return to Play’ coronavirus guidelines

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CHICAGO — High school athletes are getting ready for their upcoming seasons, now that the Illinois High School Association announced it’s ready to move to Phase 4 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has signed off on the “Return to Play” guidelines.

Evanston Township High School Athletic Director Chris Livatino said getting ready for a return required a lot of work to make sure it’s safe.

Anything that you’re planning during COVID-19 requires ten times the amount of preparation, so we’ve spent countless hours the last few weks, preparing to run camps for about 25 different sports,” Livatino said.

Elsewhere on the North Shore, signs at Loyola Academy read “welcome back students and staff – be safe!”

The Loyola football team moved the school’s weightroom outside.

Players lift weights then make sure to wipe them down before each use, all while maintaining distance.

“Trying to have as much space and air to keep the campers safe, and we’re just really excited to be back out,” said VP of Athletics Genevieve Atwood.

At high schools across the state, all sports except for volleyball, basketball, swimming and waterpolo will be held outside. With Illinois trending in the right direction with the virus, there’s hop the entire fall sports season will be played.

IHSA guidelines require coaches to wear a mask at all times. As for fans at games, they will be allowed at 20 percent capacity.

See all the Phase 4 guidelines below:


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