MIAA To Discuss CDC's Recommendation On Shutting Down Sports

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association wants to keep high school students playing sports and participating in after-school activities, but said they are watching the numbers of COVID-19 cases in districts.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that "high-risk sports and extracurricular activities should be virtual or canceled in areas of high community transmission unless all participants are fully vaccinated."

"We're working with the Department of Education, and the Commissioner, our Sports Medicine Committee, and obviously anything at the state level- that's where we're getting our information from," said MIAA spokesperson Tara Bennett.

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Officials said that students will continue to play sports unless individual districts or schools opt for pauses and cancellations. Any action from the MIAA would come after state officials review the CDC's suggestion along with their own numbers, Bennett said.

The recommendation from the CDC could be a topic of discussion at a meeting of the MIAA's Tournament Management Committee later this week.

"Safety is going to be first and foremost- Massachusetts would take that [the CDC's recommendation] into high consideration and there would be dialogue, if that came at the state level that's a different conversation," Bennett said.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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