Delco council decision puts local sports games on hold until January

By Terry Toohey

Normally, the wrestling room at Garnet Valley would be buzzing at this time of year. Head coach Rocco Fantazzi would have about 30 wrestlers working out with the scheduled start of the season less than a week away.

However, with restrictions imposed by Delaware County Council on indoor gatherings limiting them to 10 people, Fantazzi can only have nine wrestlers and one coach in the room at any one time. Like their counterparts in the fall, then, coaches and athletes of winter sports teams in this county are playing a waiting game due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Wrestling is going,” Fantazzi said. “I think us and Penncrest are the only teams going, practicing in groups of nine, having some sort of practice. If you want to call it practice. It’s not a traditional practice.”

Last month, Gov. Tom Wolf, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, announced limits on indoor events based on the capacity of the facility. If a venue holds 0-2,000 people a maximum of 10 percent of that capacity (200 people) are allowed to be part of an event. If occupancy is 2,001-10,000 the limit is lowered to five percent, or a maximum of 500 people.

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