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Santa Clara County restrictions bring sports teams to Santa Cruz

New restrictions prevent contact sports
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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION) Several colleges came to Santa Cruz County to practice, Tuesday. New Santa Clara County restrictions prohibit contact sports for the next three weeks.

The Santa Clara University Men's and Women's basketball team worked out at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. In Scotts Valley, San Jose State team buses were spotted leaving Scotts Valley High School. Sources with SJSU told KION the football team practiced at the high school Tuesday morning.

The San Francisco 49ers will play their next two home games in Arizona, due to the new restrictions. Head Coach Kyle Shanahan expressed his dismay with the abrupt decision, in a press conference Monday.

"We would love to stay in our home town where our fans love us, and playing in Levi's with no people there and only people that have been tested every day for the last five months. I get it. They made that decision, but to find that out through a press conference...it's just very disappointing.”

The governing body of high school athletics in California announced Tuesday they are pausing the planned return to competition until at least January 1. That means no full contact practice or games.

“I’ve always felt the field was an extension of my classroom, and for kids not to have that opportunity is disappointing," Monterey High School Athletic Director Jeff Dellis said. "At the same time there’s no good options. You can’t just throw caution to the wind and say let's go out and play. I would feel absolutely horrible should someone contract this awful disease while in our care.”

The fall sports playoffs, including football, are canceled.

"The CIF is confident this decision is a necessary and reasonable action for our member schools, student-athletes, and school communities in light of the current statewide crisis. This revision to the CIF State 2020-21 Season 1 Sports calendar offers our Sections and Leagues the flexibility and needed time to plan for the return to practice and competition once updated guidance is provided by the CDPH," the California Interscholastic Federation said in a statement.

Golden State Warriors General Manager Bob Meyers announced Tuesday that two players have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Santa Cruz Warriors are pausing team workouts, according to a team spokesperson.

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Drew Andre

Drew Andre is a multi-media journalist at KION News Channel 5/46.

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