Lehigh announced that all athletic practices can resume in an email sent to the campus community today. This decision comes after all sports were indefinitely shut down on Sept. 29 due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases on and off campus.
Prior to the initial shut down, teams had been allowed to practice with various COVID-19 regulations. The email said mitigation efforts in response to the initial COVID-19 outbreak were successful and there has not been a resurgence of infections.
“Teams will be permitted to resume practices and activity with additional safety measures in places, including increased and rigorous testing protocols that alight with the guidelines set forth by the NCAA for sports engaged in intercollegiate competition,” the email said.
This decision comes after the university reopened Taylor Gym on Nov. 2 with limited spots and additional safety protocols in place. The email said athletics will provide further information to student-athletes as to how these additional safety plans will be implemented.
The Patriot League has yet to announce an official decision on winter and spring sport competition.
In addition to the decision to resume athletic practices, the email said The Grind at the E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library will be reopened on Nov. 10 with continued safety protocols. Gatherings remain limited to five people.