Metro Public Health recommends no sports until schools can hold in-person classes

Posted at 2:35 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 12:10:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Public Health Department officials announced its recommendation on school sports, saying no sporting events should take place until each of the participating school's students are attending class in-person.

Officials said if a secondary school or youth sports decides to hold a sporting event after Labor Day, the event should take place outdoors with attendance limited to no more than two spectators per student-athlete and coach with them wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

No general student body or marching bands would be allowed attendance. Concessions should remain closed and there must also be a plan in place to address “choke points/clustering” such as entering/exiting the event space and restrooms.

The recommendations were released the same day Metro Nashville Public Schools announced it would not return to in-person learning until fall break.

The guidance is consistent with a letter sent July 29 in which Nashville school and health officials asked school leaders to put sports on hold until Labor Day.