Local health officials have given the go-ahead for youth sports to begin limited practice again, following the state-wide guidelines issued earlier this month.
According to a press release on Wednesday, “The Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now accepting reopening plans to resume some youth sports activities with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.”
Games, competition and scrimmages are still prohibited, however.
Restrictions on practices include maintaining social distancing at all times, and limiting gatherings to 14 athletes and two coaches.
Sports activities that are unable to maintain social distancing are not allowed.
The decision does not affect local high schools.
According to the press release, “While non-school leagues require a reopening plan before resuming activities, school-based sports should follow state guidance but are not required to submit a plan to the county.”
Other restrictions for local youth sports practices include conducting activities outside as much as possible and avoiding sharing equipment. (If sharing a ball, it must be disinfected in between uses by different people.)
Facial coverings are also required for all indoor conditioning and training, including PE classes, while high-exertion activities must take place outdoors, with social distancing and without facial coverings.
Adult amateur sports are still prohibited.