Newsom issues new youth sports guidance

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) – On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced an update to youth sports guidance. The new guidelines essentially give outdoor sports the green light to return to play.

Humboldt County is currently in the COVID-19 purple tier which has allowed for the return of golf, track and field, cross country, and tennis.

According to new guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health, outdoor moderate-contact sports or red tier sports, can be played in the purple tier if the county’s case rate is equal to or less than 14 per 100,000.

Currently, Humboldt County is at 9 COVID-19 cases per 100,000.

The same requirement also applies to outdoor high-contact or orange tier sports, including baseball, softball, and football. Those sports can be played in the purple or red tier if the county’s case rate is equal to or less than 14 per 100,000. For a full list of sports click here.

The guidance will take effect on February 26, allowing more sports to resume as soon as next Friday.

Indoor sports are currently under further review as Newsom said that is a separate discussion.

For more information, visit cdph.ca.gov.