As Riverside County continues to safely reopen additional activities and sectors of the economy, the return of youth sports has been on the minds of many parents and young athletes countywide.

Currently, the California Department of Public Health has determined that no recreational team sports are permitted, and that the fitness guidance used for gyms and other fitness facilities is not for use for team sports activities.

Youth and recreational team sports are currently designated as part of stage 3 of Gov. Newsom’s reopening plan. Riverside County remains in accelerated stage 2 that has seen the return of restaurants, nail salons and gyms with necessary health protocols and modifications.

Individual fitness guidance as provided by Riverside County and CDPH may be found . Find the most up-to-date information about recreational team sports here.

The hold  on youth sports comes one day after the California Department of Public Health announced the most recent statistics on COVID-19. California’s positivity rate – a key indicator of community spread – is trending modestly upward in the 14-day average.

Hospitalization rates over the long-term are showing a slight uptick in the 14-day average. California has 200,461 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed. There have been 3,771,314 tests conducted in California. As testing capacity continues to increase across the state, an increase in the number of positive cases has been expected – increasing the importance of positivity rates to find signs of community spread.

There have been 5,812 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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