ALBANY – New York State updated its COVID-19 guidelines giving county health departments the power to determine if higher-risk youth sports can be played in their area.
In an update to the regulations on Friday, state leaders say the change will start February 1.
“Participants in higher risk sports and recreation activities may partake in individual or distanced group training and organized no/low-contact group training and, further, may partake in other types of play, including competitions and tournaments, only as permitted by the respective local health authorities (i.e., county health departments),” said the state in a statement.
Officials ask health authorities to consider the following factors in authorizing or continuing to prohibit higher risk sports in their areas:
- whether there has been a more-transmissible variant of COVID-19 identified in the area,
- local rates of COVID-19 transmission or rate of positivity, and
- local ability to monitor and enforce compliance.