NEW BRITAIN — Gov. Ned Lamont didn’t hold back as he opened his portion of Tuesday’s press conference at Willow Brook Park’s Veterans Stadium.
“Are you ready for some football? I’m ready.” Lamont said.
“Come on, 12- to 15-year olds. Come on, 15- to 17-year olds, step up,” Lamont said. “We really need you to do it. It’s for your safety and it’s for your team. It’s so that nobody has to step off the field, you can stay involved and keep learning.”
Lamont issued a statewide mask mandate for all students kindergarten through 12th grade through the end of September.
The call for vaccinations comes a week after the CIAC issued its fall sports guidelines.
The CIAC is requiring masks for all indoor activities. Vaccinated students and high school staff will not be required to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic but must wear a mask until receiving a negative COVID test within three to five days.
Unvaccinated students who test positive will be required to quarantine for at least 10 days and a negative test or for 14 days.
Symptomatic students must quarantine for at least 14 days regardless of vaccination status.
Also, it’s recommended that unvaccinated students be tested weekly.
The guidelines follow the plan used for spring sports. Masks are required for all athletes participating in girls volleyball and girls swimming. Masks will be worn during volleyball competition but not for swimming in the pool.
Masks are also mandated for use for indoor settings such as locker rooms. Students are not required to wear mask during outdoor activities.
The mask requirement is the same for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.
The CIAC policy follows Lamont’s executive order that requires mask use in schools. The order expires on Sept. 30 and the CIAC has said it will reexamine the policy.
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