Some good news for soccer, but not so much for football.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that some high school falls sports can resume Sept. 21. That included soccer, although football, the most popular fall sport, plus volleyball won’t.
“Schools will be coming back, there’ll be a little bit of a period to gauge what’s happening and Sept. 21, they can start practice and play all across the state,” Cuomo said at a press conference on Long Island Monday.
Besides soccer, tennis, cross country, field hockey and swimming can start preseason training and compete starting Sept. 21.
There have been no scholastic sports in the state since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the spring.
All schools must follow COVID-19 protocols via the state Department of Health.
Cuomo added that schools cannot practice of play outside of a school’s region until Oct. 19.
“We’re doing this in phases,” Cuomo said. “We want to see what the effect is, we want to see how it works. Schools opening in general is a big question mark.”
New York is averaging an infection rate of 0.66 percent, the lowest to date. The state has maintained an infection rate of less than one percent for 17 consecutive days, Cuomo said.
“The numbers are good all across the state,” he added.