Cuomo: School reopening depends on parent confidence

Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a pandemic briefing in June. On Saturday, Cuomo in a telephone briefing said school districts must make sure parents are comfortable with school reopening plans if those plans are to succeed.

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier today that, if college sports are to take place in New York this fall they will be played without fans in the stands.

Although games can be televised, no spectators will be allowed into arenas or stadiums, said Cuomo in a conference call with reporters this afternoon.

In May, Cuomo said that he was in favor of professional sports returning to New York, but like College Sports in fanless arenas.

“New York State is ready and willing to partner with major sports teams that are interested in playing games safely, without fans,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter. “If our professional sports teams can make it work (& be safe) on their end, we’re supportive.”

Although several lower level athletic conferences in New York, including the SUNYAC, Empire 8 and all junior colleges have postponed fall sports, most Division I athletic conferences remain, at most delayed.

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