Wait continues for new guidance on high school competition as state warns against travel for youth sports – Press Enterprise

Wait continues for new guidance on high school competition as state warns against travel for youth sports – Press Enterprise

The head of California’s Health and Human Services Agency didn’t offer any new guidance for high school and youth sports competition being allowed to resume in the state, but he did deliver a message Friday, Nov. 13, for athletes and families traveling out of state for games.

California joined forces with Washington and Oregon on Friday to urge against travel and to recommend visitors or those returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine for 14 days to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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The advisory comes as many youth and club teams in California are traveling out of state for games, which have been prohibited in the state since Aug. 3.

“If a family is going to take the risk and travel out of state to compete or practice for a youth sport or any sport, we’re asking them, first off, not to do that, to make the decision to stay local, stay home,” Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Friday during a media briefing about the coronavirus pandemic. “(If) you make that decision, we do urge you, urge anyone around you who made the same choice, to quarantine for 14 days upon return, so we make sure that the decision that you’ve made doesn’t impact the broader part of your community and the state overall.”

Ghaly covered the topic after discussing a recent rise in coronavirus cases in California.

He also again addressed the anticipated new guidelines for allowing competition for high school and youth sports. Ghaly again said new updates on competition will be “coming soon,” echoing his message from Tuesday, Nov. 10.  At that time, he said a county’s standing in the state COVID-19 tier system could determine what type of competition is allowed.

“It really is coming soon,” he said. “We are finalizing it. Lots of conversations with stakeholders who care deeply about this guidance, making sure that we’re following the science, understanding what is possible here in California, respecting the fact that we’re seeing a surge in cases and knowing that the timing with this is important in everything.

“Stay tuned.”

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