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BYU Athletic Facilities Remain Closed As Utah Moves To Yellow, Low Risk Phase

Photo Courtesy of BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey

PROVO, Utah – Most of the state of Utah moving to low-risk phase “yellow” amid the Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t change the suspended status of BYU Athletics at the moment.

Despite the suspended status, BYU’s athletic department is keeping a close eye on directives from officials at the state and university levels.

A BYU spokesperson gave the following statement on BYU Athletics’ preparations for the state of Utah moving to phase yellow this Saturday.

“We’ve discussed contingency plans for a variety of scenarios. Currently, all athletic facilities are closed through the month of May. Reconsideration of the course period could take place if COVID-19 circumstances prompt change in strategic directives from state leaders and the BYU administration.”

BYU athletic activities have been suspended dating back to March 12th.

Utah’s Low-Risk Yellow Phase

The yellow phase allows Utahns to resume team sports according to Gen. Jefferson Burton of the Utah Department of Health. However, participants will have to be screened for symptoms as they return. Additionally, with proper social distancing, swimming pools can reopen. The limit on social gathers will grow to 50 people.

Despite raising the limit on people at public gatherings to 50, the state requested that Utahns follow certain guidelines.

Individuals were asked to maintain six feet of social distancing when outside of the home. Additionally, the state recommended wearing masks when in public. Members of the state were asked to limit out-of-state travel.

The state warned that in every phase, high-risk individuals operate under stricter instructions because they are more vulnerable to the virus.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at consumerprotection@utah.gov.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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