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Maryland to allow return of fall high school sports

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Fall sports are almost back.

Reversing an earlier decision by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA), Maryland governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Karen Salmon announced Thursday that Maryland high schools can resume athletic activities beginning next month.

Hogan and Salmon set an official start date of October 7 for when schools can begin practicing again. The pair are very excited, as are players and their families across the state. As of Thursday, Maryland was one of only seven state with zero fall sports.

“Getting our kids back on the playing field and allowing youth sports to resume this fall is critical for the social and mental well-being of our students,” Governor Hogan said in the release. “Now that all 24 jurisdictions have submitted plans to resume in-person instruction, allowing fall sports to begin next month marks another important step on our road to recovery.”

It won't be business as usual, as face coverings and social distancing guidelines are still required, in addition to capacity and spectator limits set by the Maryland Department of Health.

“High school sports and competition are deeply rooted in the fabric of our schools and communities,” said Dr. Salmon. “The steps taken today are directly related to the need of our students to be active and engaged for their physical, social, and emotional well-being."

The full statement and other guidelines can be found here.