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Youth Sports Events and Safety

Last updated: August 28, 2020

In July 2020, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health saw an increase in COVID-19 cases related to large gatherings at both family and public events. At this time, Anne Arundel County also saw an increased positivity rate. Based on this correlation, County Executive Steuart Pittman issued Executive Order #27 that went into effect on July 24 to limit large gatherings to 25 inside and 50 outside.

Best Practices for Large Athletic Events

  1. The schedule of events being held over a few days is to be monitored by event coordinators to determine how many people will be on-site at any time.
  2. Based on the number of people on-site at any time, one person per 50 is required to enforce face masks, social distancing and gathering limits.
  3. Consider staggered practice and training times to minimize bottlenecks at fields and facilities.
  4. Minimize congregating in common areas by use of signs and barriers.
  5. Tents are not allowed at events to prevent gathering in those areas.
  6. To limit gatherings and spectators after a person competes, leave the site once your competition is over.
  7. Events are not open to the general public in accordance with MDH Executive Order No. 20-06-10-01. Parents, guardians and family are allowed to attend practice, trainings and games while maintaining proper social distance.
  8. Indoors: Face coverings are required for everyone older than 5 years of age.
  9. Outdoors: Face coverings are required if an individual is unable to consistently maintain six feet of distance from other non-household individuals.
  10. Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or soap and water readily available to all that attend the event.
  11. For contact sports, play should be modified to safely increase the distance between players.
  12. Clean and disinfect equipment after each use, and equipment should not be shared.

Event coordinators and staff are responsible for enforcement. If at any time the event is inspected by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Health or the County Police and it is found that rules are not being enforced, the event will be canceled and all further dates will be forfeited. These requirements are not to single out any one event, but to continue to have events as well as protect public health. To show the community and residents that Anne Arundel County will allow youth sports, it is also necessary to assure them that these events will be run in a safe and professional manner and not risk the health of the community.

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