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PIAA, on Wednesday, will address federal judge’s ruling that could loosen limits on fans

ERIE TIMES-NEWS (TNS)
Bob Lombardi

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association did not have an immediate reaction to a federal judge's ruling that could loosen the limits Gov. Tom Wolf has placed on sporting events, including high school sports.

"We haven't had a chance to have a legal review of the opinion and will discuss this with the Board at their next meeting," PIAA Executive Director Robert Lombardi said in an email to the Times-News on Monday afternoon.

The PIAA Board of Directors are set conduct a virtual meeting Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled AS unconstitutional several of Wolf's orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the state guidance that placed size limits on gatherings. Wolf's order limited indoor events to 25 people, and limited outdoor events to 250 people.

The judges ruling comes three days after the opening day for many Pennsylvania high school sports teams, including almost all of the football teams in western Pennsylvania.

High schools throughout the state developed safety plans during the summer, and they put those plans in effect during the weekend, including limits on people at sporting events.

Schools were limited to 250 total people at games for sports such as football and soccer. That limit included athletes, coaches, game officials and fans. As a result, crowd sizes were limited at many of the football games Friday and Saturday.