How to Stay Safe During Athletic Activity and Sports
The very nature of athletic activities – physical exertion, extended periods of close contact, and typically no masks – makes them environments for potential spread. Games in particular remain a source of increasing outbreaks because they bring people together. It is critical that people adhere to guidelines not just during athletic activities but also during the activities that surround games and practices like carpooling and meals.
- All organized adult and youth sports programs may resume practices as of January 4. Games may resume on January 14 with limited spectators according to appropriate venue capacity restrictions.
- Spectators are now permitted to attend games and practices. Similar to any other indoor venue, spectators may gather at 25 percent capacity or no more than 150 people. For outdoor games, limits follow outdoor entertainment guidance, which allows for 25 percent capacity and no more than 250 people.
- Inter-region tournaments and out of state play are discouraged.
Outdoor individual sports/activities
Doing activities and exercising outside by yourself or with people from up to three households is permitted! It’s ok to not wear a mask while you are running, walking, biking, or otherwise enjoying time outdoors, as long as you keep six feet away from others. Wear a mask in areas like parking lots where keeping space between people may be difficult.
Try to find trails or paths for running, walking, or biking that are not crowded so you can keep six feet of space between you and people from other households. This may mean going during times that are less crowded, such as early or late in the day.