California loosens rules for youth sports during pandemic

California public health officials have loosened the rules for youth sports to be played during the pandemic.

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 10:09 AM
Updated: Feb 19, 2021 2:05 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Update 10:59 a.m.) — California public health officials have loosened the rules for youth sports to be played during the pandemic.

New guidance released Friday says all outdoor sports can resume in counties where COVID-19 case rates are at or below 14 people per 100,000. 

READ: CA Public Health releases new guidance for youth sports

High contact sports like football, basketball and rugby, can resume if all players 13 and older get tested once per week. That testing requirement also applies to coaches.

Twenty-seven counties currently have case rates at or below 14 people per 100,000. The biggest is Santa Clara county, which includes the city of San Jose. An additional 16 counties have case rates between 14 and 20 people per 100,000.

In the North State, this applies to Shasta, Trinity, and Plumas Counties.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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