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School sports to allow outdoor spectators with capacity limits, COVID-19 precautions 

Legislators ask governor to allow youth sports to resume–Since local youth sports have resumed with modifications under recent guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), local officials from the San Luis Obispo County Health Department this week have clarified that spectators for outdoor school sports will be allowed with capacity limits and precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. This clarification comes in light of forthcoming state guidance regarding professional sports.

“Our community has worked hard to slow the spread of COVID-19, allowing us to begin reopening schools and youth sports⎯now, we must keep up our vigilance so we can maintain these important opportunities for children,” said County Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein. “As we continue to see community transmission and pay attention to emerging variants, we know that limiting large gatherings is key to keeping our community healthy and open.”

All participants and attendees must comply with COVID-19 safety precautions, including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance from other households. Venues will limit attendance to 20-percent capacity. Spectators are not currently allowed at indoor events. In addition, state guidance recommends that schools offer ways for family and friends to watch practices and competitions remotely by live stream if feasible. It also requires organizers of youth sports to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 while returning to play, through steps such as regular testing of players and limitations on tournaments. The state guidance applies to all organized youth and adult recreational sports, including school, community programs, private clubs, and leagues.

“I appreciate the consistent support and partnership from public health, our athletic directors, school administrators, and school boards in keeping our community safe,” said County Superintendent of Schools James Brescia. “Adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions and capacity limits at outdoor sporting events and following the California Department of Public Health safety requirements allows us to continue increasing in-person service and school activities.”

For updates on COVID-19 in SLO County, visit ReadySLO.org 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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