The NYSPHSAA announced updates concerning winter state championships with regards to the coronavirus situation.
At the recommendation of the Commissioner of the Erie County Department of Health, fans will not be permitted to attend the NYSPHSAA ice hockey championships at the LECOM-HarborCenter on Saturday and Sunday. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director, said in a press release, “This is certainly not the type of championship atmosphere our association strives to provide to our student-athletes and their communities. This decision is being made at the recommendation of the Erie County Department of Health out of an abundance of caution as we address the coronavirus.”
Bethlehem (Division 1) and Queensbury (Division 2) are in the championship round.
The championships will be streamed live on the NFHS Network as originally scheduled.
Pre-purchased tickets for this championship event will be fully refunded in the next 24 hours.
There have been no adjustments to the bowling state championships. AMF Strike 'N Spare in Syracuse will host the bowling championships as scheduled. NYSPHSAA staff has received no concerns or communications from the state or local health departments pertaining to mass gatherings in this part of the state.
There have been no major adjustments to the schedule. The Monroe-Woodbury vs. Ursuline Girls Basketball Class AA sub-regional game scheduled for Wednesday is postponed, pending official guidance from the NYS Department of Health, Orange County Health Department and Westchester County Department of Health. The NYSPHSAA Executive Director is working with both communities in an effort to have this sub-regional played prior to Saturday. Other regional basketball game locations have been revised because of facility availability.
Ed Dopp, Section II Athletics chairperson, said that the girls' East Regional finals Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College are still on.
"As of 2:30 p.m. [Wednesday], we are in almost constant contact with Hudson Valley, the county and state health department and certainly with NYSPHSAA, who is working directly with the governor's office," Dopp said. " As of 2:30 [Wednesday], we are a go for Saturday's regional games."
"As we started this, every couple of hours things change. If the recommendation comes through to make changes, we will certainly consider and do what is in the best interest of student-athletes and the community in general."
As for the next steps, Zayas said, “It continues to be the goal of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to host the Winter Championships with direction from the New York State Department of Health, local county health departments and Governor Cuomo’s office. At this time, we are moving forward with the championships, however the impact of the coronavirus could necessitate revisions to the championship schedule.”