Gov. Wolf paves way for pro sports with new guidance

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf has paved the way for professional sports to return to Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, the Wolf administration released guidance allowing pro sports teams to practice or play, without spectators, in counties that are in the "yellow" and "green" phase of his three-tiered reopening plan.

If that’s applicable, the team — or the league the team plays in — will need to have a COVID-19 safety plan that’s approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The plan must include testing or screening and monitoring of anyone who will be at these practices or games.

Key points of today’s announcement are pro sports can resume in PA once a county is yellow. In #Eagles and #Phillies case, that’s Philadelphia, which is expected to happen June 5.Also, teams-or the leagues the team play in-must have safety plan approved by PA Dept of Health.

— Dave Uram (@MrUram) May 27, 2020

Philadelphia is expected to transition to yellow on June 5. 

Maybe the Eagles will have the chance to reconvene in time for Training Camp in late July. They’ve been holding their offseason program virtually so far. 

If Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association can come to an agreement on finances and safety, then the Phillies might be able to hold Spring Training 2.0 in South Philly and, eventually, games at an empty Citizens Bank Park this summer.

There are still several steps before professional sports can resume. Wednesday’s guidance by Pennsylvania was one in the right direction.