By Ray Hamill — The tide appears to be turning, at least gradually.
Less than a week after Oklahoma cleared the way for high school sports activities within the state to return without COVID-19 restrictions, on Wednesday Wheatland became the first high school in California to allow conditioning workouts for its football team.
The decision was reported in a story in today’s Los Angeles Times.
According to the report, the players will be required to follow strict social distancing guidelines and will not yet use a football in the workouts.
The news is the latest encouraging step as the state and the nation begin to gradually return to sports activities.
Locally, last week the Humboldt Eagles American Legion teams began workouts with strict restrictions, while the Six Rivers Youth Football Conference voted on Tuesday to keep moving forward with its plans for a season, at least for now.
McKinleyville Little League is also keeping its hopes of a season alive and has been working towards beginning play in July, while Redwood Acres Raceway officials said this week that they are optimistic of opening the season on June 20, following in the footsteps of Lake and Mendocino counties, which have already approved a return to racing with restrictions.
Each county provides its own guidelines, and more rural counties such as Humboldt are expected to ease restrictions earlier than urban areas.
Wheatland is an hour north of Sacramento.