Young athletes could be forced to wear masks, even during training and games, according to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance.
According to the document released Friday, youth sports teams – including school teams – must meet indoor masking requirements, regardless of their vaccination status.
“Young sports participants should wear a face mask even when engaging in physical activity in any indoor environment,” the document said.
Exceptions will be made for indoor water sports such as diving, water polo and swimming, but only for athletes while in the water.
“Masks must be worn when participants are not in the water,” the document said.
For outdoor sports, masks are “recommended in crowded spaces,” which includes spectators when social distancing is not possible, the document said.
Masks are also mandatory for all spectators at large-scale sporting events of more than 10,000 people, county officials said Thursday.
In addition, routine testing will be required for all players and staff involved in moderate or high risk sports, which public health identifies as many team sports, including football, basketball, soccer, basketball, sport. baseball and softball, football and water polo, among others.
High and moderate risk athletes and sports personnel should be tested weekly, although twice a week is recommended for unvaccinated individuals.
Testing must take place within 48 hours of any match or match, and results must be available before the start of the competition.
The guidelines also strongly encourage vaccination for all people aged 12 and over, as injections help protect the community by reducing transmission of the virus between people and reducing the risk of serious illness or death in those infected. .
“It will also reduce disruption to team activities, as fully vaccinated individuals are not required to self-quarantine if they are in close contact with a COVID-19 case, as long as they remain asymptomatic and
continue to test negative, ”the document said.
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