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Cross Country participants required to get tested for COVID-19 72 hours before running

Posted at 10:44 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 10:44:11-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla.(WTXL) — Leon County officials have authorized cross country to recommence with very specific public health measures to protect everyone involved during the coronavirus pandemic.

Additionally, Leon County Parks and Recreation staff has coordinated with Leon County Schools staff to establish a local cross country schedule for high school and middle school athletes.

Officials say that schedule has been shared with Athletic Directors and coaches.

As the meets are held, below is the list of protocols that must be followed.

  • Prohibit spectators and nonessential personnel at cross country races
  • Require everyone at a cross country race to wear a face cover unless they are actively competing or have a chronic pre-existing or demonstrable medical condition.
  • Require everyone to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, including temperature checks, prior to admission to the designated cross country race area.
  • Require all competitors, coaches, and their essential personnel to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of a cross country race with competitors from outside the four-county region (Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, and Jefferson Counties).

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