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Gov. Sisolak announces NIAA full-contact sports can resume with COVID-19 plan

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 23:24:02-05

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak announced today that Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association sports, including full-contact sports, may return to play.

"I’m excited to announce today that under this new emergency directive, full-contact sports regulated and governed by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) may resume practice and competitions if social distancing and all new requirements can be met."

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Those new requirements include developing a mandatory COVID-19 testing and mitigation plan that then has to be adopted and followed by each school district and school intending to allow full-contact sports.

The plan must require, at a minimum, the weekly testing of coaches, staff and athletes participating in these sports.

The governor did say that full-contact travel and club leagues, private leagues, park district sports programs, and similar non-NIAA sports leagues are still prohibited at this time.

Spectators are expected to be allowed at the NIAA sports games as well.