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The state of Illinois issued new guidance to its Restore Illinois all-sports policy on Friday and it clarifies some of the confusion following the recent relaxation of COVID-19 mitigations.

The Illinois High School Association posted to its website on Friday afternoon that its board of directors will meet on Wednesday to determine when winter sports contests can begin and to set its schedule for the remainder of the school year.

Region 3 — an 18-county area of the state which includes Springfield — moved to Phase 4 on Monday while much of the state saw a loosening in the Illinois Department of Public Health’s mitigation guidelines, but confusion remained as to what that meant for sports. In the meantime, the IHSA said it would treat Tier 1 and the least strict Phase 4 as the same for what sports could and could not be played.