Pitt and Virginia Tech will wear face coatings both on the field and Saturday, according to new coronavirus safety guidelines in Pennsylvania.
In a statement issued Friday, Pete said: “In line with recent government officials’ guidance on the current health climate, Pete’s football team will be adequately equipped for Saturday’s face-to-face match to be used on and off the field. This is communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff. “
An Virginia Tech employee confirmed that the school’s medical team was aware of the guidelines.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of Health issued the new order earlier this week. It states: “Coaches, athletes and spectators must wear face-covering while actively engaged in training and competitions, as well as when out in the country, in the dugout, etc., unless they comply with an exception in the order for Section 3 of the order provides an exception that allows a person to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory problems that make breathing, mental or disability difficult.
“The contract shall specify that all alternatives to wearing a face shield, including the use of a personal shield, must be exhausted before a person is excluded from this order.”
The Panthers and Hockey players will be the first two college teams to wear in-game linings.
Pete’s game against Georgia Tech was postponed last week after both schools had problems with the coronavirus. It is not clear how the new mask policy will be implemented in the game.