SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Dozens of state lawmakers are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to lift restrictions for youth outdoor sports.
The “Let Them Play” movement is led by District 3 assemblyman, James Gallagher, and was signed by 42 members of the assembly from both parties.
"Why can't we do that with our youth who are suffering from one of the greatest mental health crises of a generation, of being out of school, being not able to go play the sports and experience all the teamwork and camaraderie and self-esteem that comes from being part of a team,” said Gallagher.
The letter sent to Newsom states that studies have shown, with safety protocols in place, that youth sports can be safe.
Gallagher said he has not received a response from the governor but believes Newsom is softening on the issue. Gallagher believes there will be an announcement this week from Newsom.
“It's both righteous and it is scientifically based that you can in fact play youth sports safely,” said Gallagher.