Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker restricts youth and adult recreation sports

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CHICAGO- Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced youth and adult recreation sports are now restricted in the state. Professional or college sports are not included. This came during an afternoon press briefing in Chicago.

Pritzker said new restrictions for youth and adult recreational sports in Illinois will be put in place starting August 15, covering school-based sports, recreational leagues, and park district programs based on three different “risk levels”.

Those “risk levels” are low, medium, or higher and are attributed to particular sports determined by the amount of contact between athletes. You can find a list of all sports risk levels on the state’s COVID site.

Lower risk sports– can be played at levels 1, 2, and 3

Medium risk sports– can be played at levels 1 and 2

Higher risk sports can be played at level 1

“Low-risk” sports like tennis, baseball and golf will have few restrictions while “high-risk” sports like football will only be allowed to hold no-contact practices and training.

The levels of play are allowed based on current public health conditions:

  • Level 1 – only no-contact practices and training are allowed.
  • Level 2 – intra-team scrimmages are allowed with parental consent for minors but there can be no competitive play.
  • Level 3– intra-conference, intra-EMS-region or intra-league play is allowed and there may be state- or league-championship games allowed for low-risk sports only.
  • Level 4 – championship games, tournaments, out-of-conference/league play, and out-of-state play are allowed.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said as of Wednesday, six regions established in the state’s “Restore Illinois” plan have seen increases in test positivity rates for seven of the past 10 days, and hospital admissions rose slightly.

The positivity rate of the Metro East region outside St. Louis was at 7.6 percent as of July 26, according to state figures, near the “failsafe” level of 8 percent where additional mitigation measures would be put in place.

The state reported 1,398 new COVID cases today, for a total of 175,124  confirmed cases.. There have also been 18 new deaths, with a total in the state of 7,462.

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