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IHSA: Next stage in ‘Return to Play’ plan begins July 5

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(WSIL) -- The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced Friday that the next stage in its "Return To Play" guidelines has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health and can begin on July 5.

The IHSA says the Stage 2 guidelines will now be referred to as "Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines," matching language used by other state agencies.

“Safety remains at the forefront of everything that the IHSA is doing as we move into Phase 4 and beyond,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “We appreciate the collaborative efforts of the SMAC and IDPH in recognizing the physical, mental, and emotional benefits for our student-athletes and coaches as they progress into training in a more traditional practice setting. Our focus now shifts to continuing to work with state leadership to determine how to provide the safest environment possible for fall sports.”

The Phase 4 Guidelines allow IHSA teams to gather in groups of 50 or less to conduct practices or contests.

Coaches can conduct team activities on 20 contact days between June 30 and August 9.

"Fans do not traditionally attend contests conducted under the summer contact day format, however, if a host school allows fans to attend, they will be limited to 20% capacity of their facility or less, based on the policy of the host school," read a statement from the IHSA.

To read the IHSA Phase 4 Return To Play Guidelines, click here.

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