Pritzker nixes fall youth sports, urges COVID-19 sacrifice

FILE - In this April 23, 2020, file photo, Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks at the Thompson Center in Chicago. Pritzker said Wednesday, Sept. 16, the focus during the coronavirus pandemic should be on protecting communities and not whether families should decide if sons and daughters strap on football helmets or start spiking volleyballs. His comments came day after refusing to retract an earlier prohibition on those and other fall sports despite growing protests around the state.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday the focus during the coronavirus pandemic should be on protecting communities and not whether families make decisions about sons and daughters strapping on football helmets or spiking volleyballs.

A day after refusing to retract an earlier prohibition on fall sports despite protests around the state, the Democrat said at a Chicago news conference that the decision must consider more than the athletes, coaches and staff.

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