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Northern Tier Sports Report
HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Wolf gave the go-ahead for winter sports to resume, lifting the three-week pause on interscholastic sports, effective Monday at 8 a.m.

Gov. Wolf announced this afternoon his ban on extra-curricular activities won’t be extended, allowing high school teams statewide to resume their seasons next week. The order had kept sports teams from practicing or competing since Dec. 12.

The governor also had limited attendance at events to 10 individuals indoors and 25 outdoors, restrictions that end Monday as well. Other limitations also will be lifted including a ban on indoor dining.

“There have been some positive signs lately,” Wolf said. “Our statewide positivity rate went down this week for the second week in a row. While the number of hospitalizations and deaths remain entirely too high in Pennsylvania, it appears the number of new cases reported each day has plateaued. That means our mitigation efforts over the past several weeks have done what they were intended to do.”

Teams can resume workouts Monday but can’t immediately compete.

Under a PIAA policy adopted last month, teams whose workouts are shut down for more than seven days need two practices before resuming competition. That requirement increases to three practices for a shutdown longer than 10 days, and four practices for a shutdown longer than 14 days.

Most NTL teams had five practices in the books before the pause, and can play their first games Jan. 10.

Attendance limits at events will return to a percentage-of-capacity formula announced previously, Wolf said. His administration’s mask mandate also remains in place.

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