Pitt and VT players will not wear masks while actively playing: clarification


PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) — Earlier on Friday, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics released a statement in compliance with recent statewide public health mandates.

To adhere with mask-wearing policies, the original report had the Department of Athletics stating that “Pitt’s football team will be appropriately outfitted for Saturday’s game with face coverings to use on the field and sidelines. This is being communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff as well.”

Confusion ensued over the school’s statement about when and where the football players should be wearing masks.

Questions arose about the athletes wearing masks under their helmets while participating in the live action.

But the school has since cleared up the ambiguity: student-athletes are to wear the masks while on the sidelines or in the facility but not when on the field actively playing.

And in short, it would become a health issue if that were the case.

So to illuminate the unclear mask intentions for the Pitt-Virginia Tech game on Saturday, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics issued a follow-up statement: “To provide further clarity, Pitt football student-athletes will be outfitted with face coverings throughout the game. However, they will not be required to have the coverings pulled up while in the midst of play to prevent the impairment of breathing. Such usage of face coverings during competition would be in compliance with Section 3 of the Secretary of Health’s Face Covering Order.”

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