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Leon County Commission to decide on COVID-19 testing for athletes, city sports

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 17:18:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Commission chairman Bryan Desloge says he wants to give parents a chance to choose whether or not their students will run in the cross country meet next week, not a COVID-19 test.

Currently, every athlete across the state who participates in a run at a Leon community park will need to get a test first, including in the FSU Invitational next Saturday.

For some, that's not easy to do if they don't have symptoms or can't afford a test.

About 500 athletes have already dropped out of the race.

Desloge says at Tuesday night's meeting he's going to put a vote to get rid of that mandate.

"It's a balance here. How do we safeguard children in our community and slow the spread down and at the same time allow them to get out and play?" said Desloge. "People are tired. People are mad. This has gone on for a long time but people need to make choices about what they feel is safe about."

ABC 27 reached out to the other commissioners but none have indicated how they will vote.

As far as Tallahassee youth sports go, the city says they've already seen about 375 people register, mostly for flag football. That's not counting the youth baseball and softball teams that haven't reported back yet.

Registration is open through Wednesday.