Hazelwood Central vs. Hazelwood East

A September 2018 high school football game between Hazelwood East and Hazelwood Central. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has restricted scrimmages and practices because of a rise of COVID-19 cases linked to youth sports.

The rising number of positive COVID-19 cases among young people, particularly those involved in youth sporting events, prompted St. Louis County to enact new public health guidelines that went into effect July 20.

No competitive play with other teams is allowed – that means no games, no scrimmages, showcases, tournaments or any other competitive event. Youth teams can practice only among themselves.

There can be no more than 10 individuals participating in athletic activities in a single space, including coaches and all participants, who must remain at least six feet apart.

No spectators are allowed.

No congregating shall be allowed by parents, guardians and would-be spectators at the fields or outside of their individual modes of transportation.

All workout machines and equipment must be wiped down with disinfectant after each use.

Water bottles may not be shared. An individual athlete may use their own water bottle, which should be clearly marked with their name. Cups used for water should be single-use and disposable.

Whirlpools or cold/hot tubs should be avoided. If they are required in an emergency, follow best practices. Have a cold-water immersion tub on-site or within 5 minutes of the field.

Athletes should not interact with anyone outside the area where their individual workout is located.

The use of locker rooms is not recommended. If they must be used, proper social distancing must apply within the locker room.

Do not allow team huddles, handshakes, fist bumps, or other unnecessary physical contact. Remember, social distancing of at least 6 feet shall be maintained at all time.

Any coach or school that learns that a student athlete has tested positive for COVID-19 must report it to the St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

Individuals who have had a significant exposure (defined as direct contact or prolonged exposure within 6 feet) to a positive COVID-19 individual must quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from the last date of exposure to the positive COVID-19 individual. If the exposed individual has a negative SARS-Cov 2 test, they still must quarantine for 14 days. If the exposed individual develops symptoms during these 14 days, testing for SARS Cov-2 should occur.

The St. Louis Sports Medicine Task Force, chaired by Dr. Jason Newland, helped the county write and revise the order and issued its own separate order recommending the same steps. 

The full public health order can be found at stlcorona.com.

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