California loosens rules for youth sports during pandemic

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Posted at 12:28 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 00:36:05-05

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 - both organized and recreational youth sports and recreational adult sports - can resume Feb. 26 in counties where COVID-19 case rates are at or below 14 people per 100,000.

High contact sports like football, basketball, and rugby can resume if all players 13 and older get tested once a 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.

Another 16 counties have case rates between 14 and 20 people per 100,000.

Currently, San Luis Obispo County's case rate is 15.6. Santa Barbara County's case rate is 27.

New numbers are released every Tuesday.

Click here to see the full guidance from the state.