by Hunter Bower // GeauxPreps.com Owner
BATON ROUGE – The LHSAA issued a revised memorandum Friday afternoon regarding mitigation measures for COVID-19 at high school athletics events around the state.
The updated statement encouraged all member schools that common sense should prevail and a concerted effort be made to prevent further surge of the novel virus but made no mention of fines or other penalties for not ensuring that these measures were met.
The state athletic association released a memo on Tuesday warning all member schools that a $500 fine could be imposed and future home football games and winter sport activities could be halted if proof was found that certain guidelines were not enforced. The measures included six feet of social distancing amongst all those in attendance, including family members.
LHSAA Executive Commissioner Eddie Bonine did note in the newly released memo that everyone must continue to do their part in order to ensure the continuation of high school athletic events in Louisiana.
“…I am well aware none of us want to be the Coronavirus Police Task Force, but I ask, please do what you can to help with COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines suggested for these events,” said Bonine.
The high school football playoffs are set to begin Friday evening with teams across the whole state from Class 1A-5A and Division I-IV set to begin the march to New Orleans.
The revised memo is included below: