COVID-19 stops high school football matches in Norfolk, Chesapeake | Instant News

CHEAP, Va. (WAVY) – COVID-19 has stalled, even canceling local high school football matches as students start returning to classrooms.

The soccer match between Great Bridge and Hickory in Chesapeake, originally scheduled for Friday, March 5, has been canceled. The match between Granby and Booker T. Washington, also scheduled for March 5, has also been postponed.

Officials from the Chesapeake School broke the news Wednesday morning citing the placement of several players in active quarantine for the cancellation of games.

In late January, Chesapeake Public School officials announced their plans to go forward with some fall sports – but not all.

During a meeting on January 25, the Chesapeake School Board votes 8-1 to continue the fall high school sports, but for now will cancel junior high school sports.

The Board makes a decision based on the recommendation of Inspector Dr. Jared Cotton. After consulting with the School Health Advisory Board, he said because nearly all fall sports would be held outdoors – except volleyball – officials felt confident they could implement the recommended mitigation measures effectively.

In Norfolk, a match between Granby and Booker T. Washington, which was previously set for March 5, has been postponed after officials said a member of Granby’s football team tested positive for COVID-19.

A Norfolk Public Schools spokesperson told 10 On Your Side that the entire team has been in quarantine until Monday, March 8.

A new date for the match between the two schools has yet to be determined.

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