CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has fined the New England Flag Football League $2,000, saying it violated a state emergency order during the coronavirus pandemic.
The league, which is based in Massachusetts, hosted a tournament in Epping, New Hampshire, last month. In addition to New England, teams came from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. However, the emergency order and state guidance for amateur and youth sports says teams from outside New England are not allowed at competitive sporting events in New Hampshire.
The attorney general's office said the league's president, Austin Bradshaw, understood the guidance, and that Bradshaw wrote to the office that the league had redone the schedule without non-New England teams.
Messages seeking comment were left with league Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, 7,780 people had tested positive for the virus in New Hampshire, an increase of 33 from the previous day. The number of deaths remained at 438. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in New Hampshire increased over the past two weeks, going from 20 new cases per day on Aug. 31 to 34 new cases per day on Sept. 14.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia or death.