SARATOGA SPRINGS — In a press release, Section II athletics announced Monday that it had extended its suspension of games and scrimmages for member schools through April 30.
Previously, Section II’s ban on playing games and scrimmages had extended until April 19 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As the entire state and nation have been dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic for the past several weeks, Section 2 continues to be in touch with the many local health departments, the state health department, as well as the continued monitoring of the NYSED and Federal & State Government information that is coming out,” the press release, in part, reads. “We are in unprecedented times and the Section is taking action to do our part in protecting our student- athletes and our entire school communities.”
Later, the press release states: “As per the NYS Governor, schools are currently shut down thru April 15 . That date may or may not be extended. However, if that date is not extended, our member schools will follow the CDC Guidelines, as recommended by The President of the United States. If that date is extended by the Governor, that action will shut down all school interscholastic activities through the new deadline date, at which point we will review and advise.”
Not long after Section II sent out its press release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that mandatory school closures will extend until at least April 29.
Previously, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has set April 27 as a deadline for itself to determine if it will be feasible for the organization to sponsor spring state championships.