NJSIAA STATEMENT on Executive Order #149 - Return to Sports

The governor’s executive order (EO #149) regarding organized sports is a positive step.

Specifically related to high school athletics, this executive order makes it clear that interscholastic sports may resume in accordance with reopening protocols issued by the NJSIAA – which, in turn, will be based on Department of Health protocols. 

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The executive order also notes that activities related to high school sports may not resume any earlier than June 30, 2020.

“To establish a workable framework for a safe return, the NJSIAA has – as previously announced – convened a pair of specialized task forces. Establishing these two groups was an essential step because, given that interscholastic athletics – unlike other levels of sport – are school-based, they must be fully in sync with the overall return-to-school plans of our member schools.”

Gov. Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 149 on May 29 that allows the resumption of child care services, youth day camps, and organized sports.

  • Effective June 22, 2020, sporting activities, including organized sporting activities, are permitted in outdoor settings only, provided that they do not involve person-to-person contact or routinely entail individuals interacting within six feet of one another.  Any sporting activities that involve person-to-person contact or individuals routinely interacting in close proximity (within six feet of one another) will remain prohibited in any setting. 
  • The Commissioner of the Department of Health shall impose health and safety standards regarding sporting activities before that date, and such activities must comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and Executive Orders, including restrictions on gatherings in place at the time the sporting activities occur.
  • High school sporting activities under the jurisdiction of the NJSIAA may resume in accordance with reopening protocols issued by NJSIAA, which shall consider DOH guidance in issuing these protocols. However, these high school sporting activities cannot resume any earlier than June 30, 2020.

For a copy of Executive Order No. 149, click here.