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The University Interscholastic League released a modified calendar with updated COVID-19 guidelines that will allow some smaller schools to start athletic practices in just a few weeks, while bigger schools will have to wait longer.


In a statement from UIL, the league said COVID-19 is affecting "every community differently," and this schedule will allow "local flexibility."

Many larger schools are in the urban areas where COVID-19 is most prevalent.

"This plan provides a delay for schools in highly-populated metro areas, primarily conferences 5A-6A, given the challenges with COVID-19 those communities are facing, while providing schools in other areas, primarily 1A-4A, an opportunity to start seasons on schedule," the UIL statement reads.

UIL also included risk mitigation guidelines, including required face coverings and health screenings before attending or participating in UIL activities.

Schools in Travis County must wait until at least Sept. 7 to begin sports due to local orders.

Despite the modifications, many coaches and football fans seemed happy the season will take place.

"We are happy and excited for our student-athletes. So many kids have worked so hard to prepare for this season, and we are glad there is a detailed plan in place to complete the 2020 Season," Tony Salazar, assistant coach and defensive coordinator for the Westlake High School Chaparrals, told Austonia. His team was last season's football champions.


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Sample some spirits
When: 11:30 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: Desert Door, 211 Darden Hill Rd. Driftwood
What: Attend Desert Door Distillery’s first Explorer Series of 2022. Guests will be able to sample Caliber on its own or in a delicious cocktail.

Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
What: Enjoy great chili and great music at the 14th Annual Chili Cold Blood Chili Cook-Off. All proceeds will be donated to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in memory of Nick Curran.

Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
What: The Neil-Cochran House Museum will host a multi-media art exhibition by Austin artist Nell Gottlieb, titled “Land as Persona: An Artist’s Journey.” Gottlieb works in multiple media to reexamine her coming of age, white and female in the Jim Crow South.

Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
What: ColdTowne ThrowDowne is an improv comedy tournament between troupes that will take place in front of a live studio audience and streamed live to the world on Twitch.

Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
What: Experience music history with a unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and the healing power of home and family set to the tune of the legendary Johnny Cash.