High school sports competition can now resume in San Bernardino County, officials said.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued updated guidance for youth and recreational adult sports that detail how participants can pursue physical activities while preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The updates, which took effect on Feb. 26, permit outdoor high-contact and moderate-contact sports in counties designated as being in the Purple (widespread) and Red (substantial) tiers, as long as they meet a specific case rate criteria.
Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties in either the Purple or Red tier with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000.
San Bernardino County’s case rate reached that standard by dropping to 12.5 per 100,000, the county said on Feb. 25.
Fontana Unified School District officials are evaluating the situation. "We look forward to the time when all school operations and sports activities can resume safely," the FUSD said in a statement on Feb. 19.
The new guidance specifies that weekly COVID-19 testing will be required for coaches and participants (age 13 and above) playing high-contact sports such as football and water polo. Testing results should be made available within 24 hours of competition.
Athletes engaged in moderate-contact sports played outdoors, including baseball, cheerleading and softball, can be played without the testing requirement.
Due to the nature and risk of COVID-19 transmission while participating in these sports, teams must provide information regarding risk to all parents or guardians of participating minors, and each parent must sign an informed consent indicating their understanding and acknowledgement of the risks.