L.A. County Health Department clears way for outdoor high school sports to begin Friday

L.A. County Health Department clears way for outdoor high school sports to begin Friday

Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, announced Wednesday that the county will follow updated state youth sports guidelines, clearing the way for outdoor high school sports teams to begin full practices and games on Friday if their schools and districts allow while following safety protocols.

The state guidelines permit outside sports to take place in counties that have reached an adjusted daily rate of 14 or fewer new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population. Los Angeles County’s rate was 12.3 as of Tuesday.

Full football practices in pads can begin Friday for teams that began conditioning on Tuesday. Soccer games are permitted to begin among Southern Section teams on Saturday.

The beginning of a full outdoor sports environment ends a shutdown in Los Angeles County that began last March. On Jan. 25, state guidelines allowed cross-country, tennis, golf and track and field competitions to resume.

There are specific protocols for youth and adult sports to resume, including required weekly testing of athletes and coaches for football and water polo.

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Also Wednesday, San Diego Superior Court Judge Earl H. Maas reaffirmed his decision that all youth sports within San Diego County can start immediately with no ambiguity.

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