California loosens rules for youth sports during pandemic


FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Law enforcement officials are investigating escalating threats of death and violence against California Gov. Gavin Newsom, his family and the the wineries, shops and other businesses he founded. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California public health officials have loosened the rules for youth sports to be played during the pandemic. New guidance released Friday says all outdoor sports can resume in counties where COVID-19 case rates are at or below 14 people per 100,000.

High contact sports like football, basketball, and rugby, can resume if all players 13 and older get tested once per week. That testing requirement also applies to coaches. Twenty-seven counties currently have case rates at or below 14 people per 100,000. The biggest is Santa Clara County, which includes the city of San Jose. An additional 16 counties have case rates between 14 and 20 people per 100,000.

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom visits a mobile clinic providing vaccinations to teachers and school staff in neighborhoods heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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