‘They have to be smart about it’: Gov. Murphy announces all indoor youth sports to be suspended starting Saturday
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday
youth sports in New Jersey will be suspended starting Saturday because of the
climbing COVID-19 caseload.
Gov. Murphy said the pause would begin at 6 a.m. and go until Jan. 2. It covers
all youth sports, but excludes college and professional athletics. Swim classes are allowed, but a
swim team cannot practice or have a meet.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association said in a statement
that the order would affect only the start of high school ice hockey.
governor says there have been nearly 30 outbreaks and 170 COVID-19 cases from
youth ice hockey alone.
upset, but it’s very necessary between all of the teammates and everybody
getting COVID-19, I feel like it puts a lot more people at risk, so it’s
probably the necessary move to make right about now,” says Justin Thomas, of
Jersey Devils’ player Grant Marshall teaches at the Cody Arena in West Orange.
He also agrees with and respects the governor’s decision.
parents are frustrated, but they also understand this isn’t just a game, it’s
life and death and they have to be smart about it,” says Marshall. “We all have
to be selfish and think about that if we want to get back to normal season, we
have to really use our help do the right thing to do the right protocols.”
ban does not affect sports-related classes or activities such as dance,
gymnastics or the batting cages, but they still have to follow the 10-person
indoor gathering limit.
youth sports have already been banned, so the decision does not directly affect