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Professional sports teams in Pennsylvania are allowed to practice or play with fans, Gov. Wolf says

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Professional sports teams in Pennsylvania are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening — without on-site or venue spectators — if the team has developed a COVID-19 safety plan, according to information released Wednesday by the governor’s office.

The Wolf administration has worked with Pennsylvania’s professional sports teams to develop guidance that allows for competition to resume, his office said in a press release

“Professional sports, defined as any sporting event at which the participants are paid by a league or team, or at which individuals or teams receive prizes or purse, are allowed to practice or play in the yellow and green phases of reopening without on-site or venue spectators if the team (or league on behalf of the team) has developed a COVID-19 safety plan,” the guidance says.

Such a plan must be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and include, among other requirements, testing or screening and monitoring of all on-venue players and personnel. Also, no fans or spectators may be permitted on interior or exterior venue property. Professional sports organizations are encouraged to contact the Wolf administration to share their reopening plans and get them approved by the Department of Health, the press release states.