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Assemblyman: Limiting spectators at youth sports is ‘incredibly dumb’ 

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo)

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo).

–This week, Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) released the following statement in response to new guidance from the California Department of Public Health limiting spectators at outdoor youth sporting events to one spectator per player:

“CDPH’s new guidance on youth sports’ spectators is incredibly dumb. Entire families are now allowed to dine inside restaurants, check out indoor museums, and visit wineries and breweries. Soon, they will even be able to watch their favorite professional sports teams play in person. But, they won’t be able to go see their child compete in an outdoor youth sporting event?

“I cannot say that I am shocked, given that these are the same people who almost shut down beaches last summer, but I share the disappointment of tens of thousands of parents. Kids have waited a year to get back on the field or in the pool – members of their immediate family should be allowed to watch them play. Governor Newsom’s administration is again making unscientific decisions that will hurt kids and their families. CDPH should immediately issue new youth sports’ spectator guidance that more closely aligns with professional sports’ spectator guidance.”

On Tuesday, CDPH quietly announced via an FAQ that no more than one immediate family member per participant could attend outdoor youth sporting events. CDPH also banned recruiters and scouts. These guidelines do not seem to change based on the county’s tier.

Outdoor professional stadiums, starting April 1, are allowed to admit up to 20-percent of their stadium’s capacity for professional sporting events if their county is in the red tier. Professional stadiums in the orange tier are allowed to admit up to 33-percent capacity, according to Cunningham’s office.

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