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UMass announced Sunday that it is pausing athletics for at least 14 days after the COVID-19 risk level on campus was raised from “Elevated” to “High.”

The decision comes in the wake of new university-wide restrictions announced Friday after 239 new COVID-19 cases were reported on the Amherst campus between Feb. 1-3. All sports in the winter season will be prohibited from practicing and playing. All student gatherings on and off campus are now banned, as well as in-person dining.


On Jan. 27, the athletic department announced it was pausing men’s basketball activities until further notice because the team’s Jan. 30 game against George Mason had to be rescheduled due to contact tracing purposes. Friday’s women’s basketball game against George Washington already had been postponed due to COVID-19 within the GW program.

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