BROOKLINE — Health Commissioner Dr. Swannie Jett announces that all school athletic programs in Brookline will be temporarily paused until at least Feb. 1, due to a recent sustained rise in positive COVID-19 cases within the community.
The pause, effective immediately, includes all practices, games, scrimmages and tournaments and applies to Public Schools of Brookline and private schools in town.
As January nears an end, the Department of Public Health will reevaluate whether athletics programs can resume based on available COVID-19 data. Community members will be notified as public health leaders make future decisions.
“While we do not want to see the cancellation of games and practices for our students’ athletics programs, but there have been cases of COVID-19 directly linked to sports, and we need to take all the steps we can to protect everyone in town, including youths who may be at risk when participating in sports,” Dr. Jett said. “We will reevaluate again in a few weeks and hopefully sports will be able to resume once again.”
Click here to see the order.