Updated Youth Sports Protocol
After months of tracking decreasing cases of COVID-19, LA County once again saw a surge in related cases beginning in August due to the presence of the Delta variant. It was during this time that LA County reached a high level of community transmission, as defined by Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicators, with August alone seeing 14 specific outbreaks in school settings in LA County, with half of these associated with school sports. Many other parts of the country with large outbreaks from the Delta variant are reporting a larger number of children being affected by COVID than with past variants.
Given the increasing risk to children in youth sports, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) published a new protocol for organized youth sports on Tuesday, August 23, 2021. This protocol was updated August 30, 2021, following additional input from community partners, including the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks). The current version is available at: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_YouthSports.pdf.
General COVID Protocols
Facial masks are not required for outdoor activities for park patrons. Capacity limitations, facial masks and physical distancing requirements remain in place for Every Body Plays, Youth Sports, Our SPOT and Senior Centers and Programs.
Due to current physical distancing requirements for swim instructors, a parent/guardian must be in the pool with their child learning to swim. Facial masking in pools is required.
The County of Los Angeles requires government workers wear facial masks at all times indoors regardless of vaccination status. County workers must maintain six feet physical distancing regardless of vaccination status. Park staff, volunteers, coaches, independent contract class instructors and youth workers must wear facial masks outdoors at all times when working with persons 17 years and under.
COVID-19 possible exposure notices will be issued to program participants in any program where a positive COVID-19 case is reported out of an abundance of caution through a letter or email communication.