Governor Andrew Cuomo weighs in on college sports returning to New York

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Wednesday the ACC laid out their plan for sports to return this fall. At Syracuse, the football team is set to open preseason camp on August 6.

Saturday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke about college sports returning safely to New York. Cuomo went on to say that sports may return, but they must do it safely and with lots of testing.

They should talk to the department of health about what is their plan to do it. You would have to do it with health protocols, the health protocols are going to revolve around testing. I’m sure they’re going to be in a position where they can say they can’t quarantine, they can’t keep their schedule and do quarantine, well then you are going to have to test. And you have to have the tests available, and they have to be turned around in a workable period of time. And if they can do that, and they can do it safely, great, and they should be able to do it safely, but again the devil is in the details. And government and bureaucracies are not good at details, so exactly how will you do it.

Andrew Cuomo, New York State Governor

Four of the five teams that Syracuse would host this fall in football are on the New York State travel restriction list. Also, four out of the five road teams that Syracuse would play are on the list as well. That means, right now, the team would have to quarantine for 14 days after playing those teams.

New York State does have an exemption for professional sports for travel and quarantine restrictions. Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack stated on Thursday, that SU would be seeking some sort of exemption from the state.

Right now, the ACC plans to kickoff their season the week of September 7th.


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