The start of high-school football in the state has been pushed back more than 2½ weeks to Monday, Sept. 7, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board announced Tuesday.

The WIAA Executive Board took action to delay the start of the fall season until Sept. 5 for football and Sept. 7 for all other fall sports.

Aug. 19 and 24 had been the WIAA’s original target dates, with Sept. 5 and 7 as a contingency plan. Starting on those dates will allow contests to start Sept. 18.

The Board will continue to work with staff, member schools and state agencies to monitor the impact of COVID-19.

The Board plans to make its next statement concerning the start of fall sports on July 22 following its next scheduled meeting.

In the interim, a committee of Board members, staff, and select WIAA stakeholders will work to create a fall schedule with the adjusted start dates.