Proceed to play? Youth sports activities in New York will quickly be left to native well being authorities
ALBANY, NY (WROC) – New York State updated its COVID-19 guidelines on Friday to allow local health officials to determine whether higher-risk youth sports can be played.
In the update Friday:
“From February 1, 2021, participants in higher-risk sports and recreational activities can take part in individual or long-distance group training and organize group training with little or no contact, and beyond that only participate in other types of games, including competitions and tournaments, as provided by the respective local ones Health authorities (ie the district health authorities) permitted.
- Local health authorities should consider the following factors when authorizing or banning higher-risk sports and recreational activities as these factors may in many areas prevent such activities:
- whether a more transmissible variant of COVID-19 has been identified in the area,
- local transmission rates of COVID-19 or positivity rates and
- local ability to monitor and enforce compliance. “
In a coronavirus briefing Thursday, the Monroe County’s Public Health Officer was optimistic about the possibility.
“The sport itself was not a major broadcast source,” said Dr. Mendoza. “It’s the before and after activities, the meetings in the houses, in the dressing room, etc. I think we can look at that, but science is limited to how we deal with it? We learned a bit from other parts of the country, but our numbers here are still pretty high. I will always be careful – it’s part of my job, but I also think that we need to be open to do it safely and our schools have shown this over and over again. “
Just in – @NYGovCuomo has just announced that college sports can resume on February 1st – with the approval of the district’s health directors.
Great news for athletes and their families. @ RochesterChambr
– Bob Duffy (@BobDuffyROC) January 22, 2021