[READ] Public Health Guidance and Suggested Guidelines for Returning to Youth Sports Safely During COVID-19
Over the last several months, Delawareans have helped flatten the COVID-19 curve by staying home, avoiding close social contact, wearing face coverings, and taking other basic public health precautions to protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors. It has been a difficult time, for sure. But we’ve worked together to successfully limit the community spread and the toll of COVID-19 in Delaware.
As Delaware reopens and we come together more often in public places, let’s not jeopardize that hard-fought progress.
It’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still active in our state. Spending time around others outside your household will increase your risk of COVID-19 infection. Our most vulnerable — including the elderly and Delawareans with serious health conditions — have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill.
If you are an organizer of a youth sports team or league, you must review and adhere to the guidance issued on Friday, June 19, by the Division of Public Health (DPH) before beginning practices or hosting a competition or tournament. Youth sports organizers and facilities who intend to host tournaments in the State of Delaware must draft and submit a plan for protecting children and their families during COVID-19.
In this document, you will find DPH guidance and additional recommendations — listed by sport — to help youth organizers as they prepare to host youth sports competitions and tournaments. We know they may seem unusual, but resuming sports increases the level of contact, and therefore risk, between children, coaches, staff and spectators. The ongoing risk for spreading COVID-19 is very real, especially to our most vulnerable family members and neighbors.
Our goal is to keep Delaware children and families healthy as we safely return to youth sports during COVID-19. Thank you for your partnership in that effort.
Dr. Karyl Rattay
Public Health Director, State of Delaware
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