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NEW YORK – As New York City continues to move forward in its battle against COVID-19, city parks may resume licensing of its athletic fields for outdoor youth sports, the city said on Friday. Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Low and moderate risk youth play on authorized grounds may resume on Tuesday, September 15.
Permitted sports include baseball, softball, and soccer. Indoor sports, including swimming, are not permitted.
“Our kids have been through so much this year and yearn for more outdoor play,” said de Blasio.
“Fortunately, we continue to see improvements in the fight against this disease and we can safely allow youth sports this fall.” We will continue to monitor our progress and prioritize health and safety. “
Youth sports leagues will be issued permits for games held outdoors, officials said.
The following regulations must be applied:
- Face coverings must be worn by all coaches, staff, spectators and players on the sidelines; players are encouraged to wear while playing if possible
- Social distancing should always be practiced by everyone when they are not active in the game
- Spectators must be limited to two per player
- Everyone must leave the field after the match, there will be no rally
If a team accumulates three infractions, the parks department will revoke the league’s licenses, according to de Blasio.
If New York’s COVID-19 positivity rate exceeds 3%, licenses will be suspended for all sports, he added.
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