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Governor’s decision clears the way for spring prep football in Malheur County

Vale High School football coach Jeff Aldred sorts through uniforms last week as he prepares to lead his team to a spring season. (The Enterprise/Liliana Frankel).

VALE – An announcement by Gov. Kate Brown last week will clear the way for outdoor contact sports – including football – in Malheur County.

Brown declared Feb. 10 that the Oregon Health Authority was prepared to allow outdoor sports even in counties with a high number of Covid cases.

“School sports play an important role in fostering students’ mental, emotional and physical health. We will proceed with caution, to ensure that teams are following health and safety precautions to protect our athletes, their families and their communities,” Brown said.

In a press release from Brown’s office, outdoor contact sports will be “permitted to resume with health and safety protocols . . .