UIL extends suspension of all activities until May 4

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The UIL has extended its suspension of extracurricular activities until May 4. It prohibits any games, practices, or rehearsals for academic competition, athletics, or fine arts.

Last week, UIL initially announced that the suspension would run through March 30.

The UIL boys basketball tournament is currently on hold after being suspended following the first day of play. The organization says it plans to finish the state championships in the future.

However, the new announcement comes just minutes after Gov. Abbott announced a sweeping executive order to limit social gatherings in an effort to stop the coronavirus.

The restrictions in Abbott’s order run through April 3 and they include:

  • No social gathering larger than 10 people
  • All bars and restaurants must close, except for takeout or delivery
  • All schools and gyms are closed
  • No visits to hospitals or nursing homes allowed unless you are providing medical care

The executive order also included a public health disaster declaration for Texas, the first one issued in nearly 120 years.

KETK News will air an exclusive virtual town hall with Gov. Abbott Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Currently there have been three deaths across the Lone Star State from the coronavirus, but they all had prior medical conditions.

There are nine confirmed cases in East Texas with five in Smith County and one each in the following counties:

  • Bowie
  • Gregg
  • Rusk
  • Van Zandt

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