Colorado’s fall high school football season once again threatened by COVID-19 – The Denver Post

Once again, the coronavirus is threatening Colorado’s fall high school football season.

With COVID-19 case numbers rising throughout the state and multiple counties facing the prospect of stricter public health measures, teams’ seasons are now at the mercy of state-and-local health authorities.

Adams County moves to the second-highest level of COVID-19 restrictions at 5 p.m. Wednesday, less than a week after it prohibited fans from attending high school football games. Under that level, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment advises counties to limit group sports to 10 people.

How that will affect the ability of high school football teams in the area to practice and play was unclear Wednesday morning — even for coaches and administrators who have teams with games scheduled this weekend.

For schools like Thornton High School in Adams County, which recently went back to remote learning and saw parents pull their kids out of football as a result, this is just the latest challenge in an already trying fall.

“We’re kind of getting hit by multiple angles and just trying to figure out this whole complex puzzle,” Thornton athletic director Patrick Woytek said. “We’ve got to continue as if nothing is going to get shut down because if we don’t then we’re going to show up for a game and we’re not going to be ready.”

A spokesman for Tri-County Health said they are awaiting answers from the state about options for its high school football teams, including whether or not teams can practice and play in neighboring counties with less restrictive health measures.

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Colorado High School Activities Association assistant commissioner Adam Bright said such decisions are entirely up to local and county health authorities.

“That’s kind of outside the CHSAA purview,” Bright said. “We’re not making blanket statements that say a certain level equals a certain restriction. That’s going to be county by county, health department by health department.”