COVID-19 halts high school football games in Norfolk, Chesapeake

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — COVID-19 is halting, even canceling local high school football games as students begin to return to classrooms.

The football game between Great Bridge and Hickory in Chesapeake, originally scheduled for Friday, March 5, has been canceled. The game between Granby and Booker T. Washington, also scheduled for March 5, has also been postponed.

Officials from Chesapeake Schools relayed the news Wednesday morning citing the placement of several players on active quarantine for the game’s cancelation.

In late January, Chesapeake Public Schools officials announced their plan to move forward with some fall sports — but not all.

During a meeting on January 25, the Chesapeake School Board voted 8-1 to proceed with fall high school varsity sports, but will cancel junior varsity sports for now.

The board made the decision based on a recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Jared Cotton. After consulting with the School Health Advisory Board, he said since almost all fall sports will be held outdoors — except volleyball — officials feel confident they can implement the recommended mitigation measures effectively.

In Norfolk, the game between Granby and Booker T. Washington, previously set for March 5, has been postponed after officials say a member of the Granby football team tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Public Schools told 10 On Your Side that the entire team has been put in quarantine until Monday, March 8.

A new date for the game between the two schools has not yet been determined.

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