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All sports can return to practice and play IF they’re in Phase 4 regions, including basketball and football.

IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike announced all sports are getting the green light to play and compete, in Phase 4 regions. Currently the entire Central IL. is in Phase 4 along with Regions 3 and 6.

“If your region is in Phase 4, you can play basketball games,” Ezike said during a regularly scheduled COVID-19 press conference on Friday. “We can’t change the fact that there are different sports and they have different levels of risk,” Ezike said about new guidance being released on Friday. “Sports like basketball, football and wrestling pose a higher risk.”


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