BREAKING - Today, Gov. Kate Brown announced the Oregon Health Authority’s decision to revise its guidance regarding outdoor sports and an exemption for college athletes.  Gov. Brown said school sports are important for students’ mental, emotional, and physical health.

Gov. Brown also noted that she is working toward reopening other school facilities, beyond sports.

“It is not lost on me that this decision today will allow high school football to resume, when too many high school classrooms across Oregon remain empty,” said Gov. Brown. “If our school gyms, fields, and weight rooms are to reopen, we owe it to Oregon’s children to make sure our classrooms, libraries, and science labs fully reopen as well.”

Schools will proceed with caution in order to ensure that teams follow the new health and safety guidelines, said Gov. Brown.  If the numbers spike, contact sports will shut down again.