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IDPH: Regions in Phase 4 can start intra-conference play of high school sports

CHICAGO (HOI) — The Illinois Department of Health’s top doctor announced Friday regions in Phase 4 can resume intra-conference play in high school sports.

As of Friday, Jan. 22, that includes Regions 3, 5 and 6.

Dr. Ngozi Ezike said these regions are now able to play competitive basketball and resume practices.

According to the IDPH’s website, regions in Phase 4 will be able to play at “Level 3” for higher-risk sports, such as basketball, wrestling and football. This means intra-conference play or inter-league play is allowed.

However, state championships will only be allowed for lower-risk sports under “Level 3.”

The Illinois High School Association previously published guidance for how and when prep sports can resume. A tweet from the organization suggests the guidelines will be updated Friday.

This story will be updated.

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