Youth Sports Get Green Light from CA Health Dept.
Over two dozen counties can bring back outdoor youth sports under new guidelines announced by the state on Friday.
The standards allow some sports to resume in counties with COVID case rates at or below 14 people per 100,000. Contactless games like baseball and softball can continue as of Feb 26. High-contact sports like football can also resume in orange-tier counties (1.3-9 cases per 100,000) if both the coaches and players over age 13 take a COVID test once a week. The governor said the state will pay for the tests. Spectators and coaches need to wear masks. For indoor moderate or high-contact sports to resume, a county must be in the yellow tier.
“Youth sports are important to our children’s physical and mental health, and our public health approach has worked to balance those benefits against COVID-19 risks,” said State Dept. of Public Health Director Dr. Tomas Aragon (KCRA).
As of the announcement, there were 27 counties with a case rate at or under 14 in 100,000: Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Imperial, Lassen, Marin, Mariposa, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yolo.
Read the guidelines in full here.