Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday school districts may start their interscholastic fall athletic seasons in October.
The Republican governor and state schools Superintendent Karen Salmon said high schools can start practicing on Oct. 7 for competition beginning Oct. 27.
Hogan said his decision was made with the health of young athletes in consideration.
“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,” the governor said, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported. “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 the road to recovery.”
Guidelines from the state health department say players must wear face coverings when indoors and when outdoors, face coverings are mandatory when players can’t distance themselves six feet away.
As of Friday, Maryland has approximately 122,000 coronavirus cases and 3,800 deaths, according to a state-run tracker.