Pritzker Stands Firm on No IHSA Football Because of COVID-19.

Sep 16, 2020

Governor Pritzker on Wednesday responded to criticism he's received for banning contact sports, like football, at Illinois High Schools, by saying personal choice has a limit.

"While parents might choose to send their children out onto the playing field.  I can tell you that, someone else who becomes ill because of that decision, wouldn't call that personal choice."

Dr. Michael Lin, an infectious disease specialist at Rush University Medical Center, says contact sports, spread the virus.

"There's no practical way to prevent outbreaks from happening in sports, such as football.  This is not just theoretical.  We've seen COVID-19 outbreaks in college and professional sports teams, that have much more prevention resources at their disposal."

The Governor stressed that, while he also wants to see kids on the field, he is following the science.  A group of high school athletes, fans and parents, known as Let Us Play IHSA Sports and Activities, will be holding rallies this Saturday to urge the Governor to reconsider.  The rallies will be held in Chicago and Springfield.