Washington Governor Jay Inslee extended the stay-at-home mandate another month through May 4, which will lengthen statewide school closures by a week in the state’s latest effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.
Still the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association remains optimistic about holding high school spring sports championships.
In a video that preempted Gov. Inslee’s announcement, WIAA executive director Mick Hoffman detailed steps the association was taking to allow for spring sports to take place.
“Our current plans include a return by May 4 that would allow us to provide some type of culminating events,” Hoffman said. “In an ideal world it would look no different than in previous years, however that will be contingent on facilities and officials being available, and that is a very fluid process.”
Tuesday, May 5 is the earliest schools can reopen.
Thousands of businesses, schools and commerce came to a halt after the state’s initial two-week “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order on March 23. In Washington, which had the first death caused complications resulting from the virus, more than 270 people have died and more than 6,500 have been infected — stark rises since Gov. Inslee’s first stay-at-home mandate.
District administrators across the state have scrambled to plan for what a condensed season — or postseason — may look like if school returns. If schools are delayed further into May, the prospect of championships across all sports start to dim.
Hoffman seemed to address the idea of sports occurring in some fashion, even if championship events cannot occur, if school returns. The WIAA is determined, he said, is to provide every senior a senior game.
“Our goal is to give anyone interested in competing some type of plan,” Hoffman said
Watch Hoffman’s full statement here:
Here is Gov. Inslee’s full address: