California youth and high school sports on hold until at least late January

The California Department of Public Health released updated youth sports guidelines on Monday that will push back the California high school sports season until at least Jan. 25. The youth sports update from the CDPH was the first one in four months.

According to the guidelines, “competition will not be allowed in California until January 25, 2021, at the earliest. Competitions are not permitted as they increase the probability of transmission due to mixing of households, traveling, and unavoidable physical contact. Competitions between different teams have been associated with multiple outbreaks in California and across the country. This date will be reassessed by January 4, 2021, based on California disease transmission trends and is subject to change at any time given the level of COVID-19 and ICU capacity in California.”

(Read the full guidelines here)

The CDPH has distributed the chart pictured below informing the public which sports will be allowed based on what COVID-19 tier their county is in.

Every county that makes up the CIF Southern, Los Angeles City and San Diego Sections are currently in the “purple widespread” tier for COVID-19 cases. The tiered system monitors every county’s COVID-19 test positivity and adjusted case rate. Here’s how the system works, according to the California Department of Public Health:

“Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.”

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