The Department of Public Health has submitted its feedback from Friday morningâ€™s meeting with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference regarding the state of high school football, and while DPH did double down on its ruling that high-risk sports should be replaced by moderate or low-risk activities or moved to spring, it also left the door open for the season to happen this fall in some capacity, though a lot would have to go right.
The Hartford Courant first reported DPH responding to the CIAC with the continued recommendation to hold off on high-risk activities, and that the use of plastic shields to attach to facemasks have no scientific evidence to support it preventing the potential spread of covid-19.
Despite holding firm on its recommendation, DPH commissioner Deidre Gifford also noted that the CIAC should continue work with the National Federation of High Schools to see if its latest mitigation strategies for football would result in the NFHS reducing that form of football from high to moderate or low risk, meaning it could then be approved to be played in Connecticut this fall.
However, after Governor Ned Lamont once again suggested the sport be moved to the spring, specifically February, the chances for full-contact football beginning a season in the next two and a half weeks, when the rest of the fall season is supposed to start, seems more and more unlikely.
The CIACâ€™s Board of Control is expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the response from DPH, and will likely have another update on the football season, perhaps the final update, later this week.