In a conference call with reporters, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said on Wednesday that the state is working on guidelines to allow sporting events, exhibitions and leagues, both professional and amateur, to return to “some semblance of normalcy.”
Wolf said he has been in contacting major professional organizations including NASCAR, the NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball and others to figure out how they can resume their sports activities.
The governor projects that his administration will develop guidelines in the short term that will allow the reopening of venues, sports and activities.
He said he expected that his administration will, in the coming days, produce guidelines for the various venues, sports and activities to resume.
However, he made it clear that the success of this reopening will depend mainly on the public’s confidence in their safety to attend the events.
“In the end, the ultimate arbiter of our fate here when it comes to sporting events are going to be individuals who want to participate, individuals who want to be part of sports, whether its amateur or professional,” Wolf said. “And we’ve got to make sure that we them give the confidence to then go to these sporting events and feel safe, that they’re not taking their lives or health into their hands.”
Wolf´s announcement is made when the state records 815 new positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday and a 1.2% increase in total cases over the previous day. Over the past seven days, the commonwealth has recorded an increase of 6,025 cases, or 9.5%.