NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Improving COVID numbers have prompted the New York City Department of Education to lift restrictions on school sports competitions.

Under previous restrictions, high-risk sports like basketball, volleyball and wrestling were allowed, but only outdoors. Now, they will be allowed to move back inside for competitions.

No spectators will be allowed — only players, coaches and essential personnel — and masks will be required.

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The changes take effect immediately, allowing a citywide basketball tournament to move back indoors, avoiding the threat of rain this weekend.

CBSNewYork Team