KHSAA plan for fall sports approved by Gov. Beshear

Updated: Aug. 24, 2020 at 3:50 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - The plan to go forward with fall high school sports is not being overturned by Gov. Andy Beshear.

Last week, the Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA) voted to begin team practices on Monday, Aug. 24.

Competition can begin the week of Sep. 7 with football games kicking off on Friday, Sept. 11, under the KHSAA plan.

The governor said on Monday he will not overturn this decision despite voicing concern about starting high contact sports like football.

KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said the board will discuss mandates for fans that could include masks and limiting the number of people in attendance.

Dr. Steven Stack, the Kentucky Department of Public Commissioner, said if a mask and social distancing mandate is not followed the seasons could be in jeopardy.

“I hope that in Kentucky we can be more successful with youth sports than other places, but the outlook is not good,” Dr. Stack said. “There’s a lot we don’t know about this disease. We don’t know some of the more silent but really serious harms that this disease causes.”

Prior to the governor’s announcement, parents and students rallied in Frankfort asking Beshear to let high-school sports continue.

Meanwhile, at Beechwood High School in Northern Kentucky, football practice had just wrapped up when the news broke.

“The energy level is incredible,” Beechwood High School Head Football Coach Noel Rash said. “The kids are chomping at the bit. We haven’t had one issue.”

Gov. Beshear also announced a new executive order that will help people avoid evictions.

This order will require landlords to give tenants a 30-day notice of their intent to evict for nonpayment of rent.

During that time landlords and tenants must meet to try and work out an agreement, the governor said.

Also, no penalties, late fees, or interest can be charged relating to nonpayment of rent from March 6 through Dec. 31, 2020, Gov. Beshear announced.

“Kentuckians cannot be Healthy at Home without a home,” explained Gov. Beshear. “We want to help get people in a place where they’re not only still in their homes, but they’re not going to owe five or six months of rent when they come out of this.”

373 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the governor on Monday as well.

Overall, Kentucky has reported 43,899 cases.

Gov. Beshear said the state’s positivity rate is at 4.77%.

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