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County adjusts youth sports guidance, allows some observers 

Legislators ask governor to allow youth sports to resume

Observers for youth sports are to be limited to an immediate household member

–The California Public Health Department clarified yesterday its guidance regarding who can observe youth sports, by releasing these frequently asked questions. The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department encourages all local youth sports organizations and schools to follow this updated guidance.

Last week, county health officials provided their interpretation of the youth sports guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), based on communications with the state. The clarity from the state today nullifies the local interpretation released last Friday.

“We continue to adapt our local guidance as new information becomes available,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “The state provided additional clarity on observers for youth sports and so we are adjusting our information accordingly. We expect this can continue to allow parents to safely engage in their child’s sports activities.”

The state clarified that observers for youth sports (age 18 years and under) are to be limited to an immediate household member who may observe practices and games as needed for age-appropriate supervision. This supervision is limited to a single adult (or immediate family member older than the sport participant). No other observers, including scouts and college recruiters, are allowed, according to the state.

When in attendance, household members must comply with COVID-19 safety precautions, including wearing face coverings and staying at least six feet from non-household members. The total number of observers is limited to ensure that physical distance can be maintained and reduce potential crowding.

In San Luis Obispo County, currently in the Red Tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, only allows supervision outdoors. When our county moves to a less restrictive tier, indoor supervision can move indoors, while maintaining indoor capacity limits. In the Orange Tier, seating capacity is limited to 25-percent. In the Yellow Tier, this capacity increases to 50-percent. Additional health and safety precautions, such as increased ventilation, are necessary for indoor sports.

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit or call the recorded Public Health Information Line at (805) 788-2903. A staffed phone assistance center at (805) 543-2444 is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with questions related to COVID-19.



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