Pitt/Virginia Tech to wear face coverings Saturday

The school is using the guidance from state health officials

Pitt and Virginia Tech will be equipped with face covering on the sidelines and on the field for their game Saturday.

The University of Pittsburgh announced Friday afternoon, that with coronavirus cases on the rise, “Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sidelines. This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well.”

Earlier this week The PA Department of Health released new guidance on face coverings indoors and outdoors.

The face covering order for other athletes is in effect for both indoor and outdoor sports and includes, coaches, athletes, cheerleaders and spectators.

The following exceptions are in effect for masks:

·        People with respirator issues, mental health or disability.

·        Those who would be in an unsafe working environment from wearing a     mask.

·        People who would be able to remove a mask without help.

·        Children under two years of age.

·        Those who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or has a similar disability.

Athletes must wear a mask when working out, playing a game, on the sidelines or bench but if a sustained six-food distance can be maintained the face covering may be removed.

It is still not known what the Steelers will do when the play their next home game, but they have indicated they believe they are exempt.