Sporting events in California "not" allowed until end of January at the earliest

Posted at 1:03 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 16:10:44-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) — State health officials have released more information about sporting events in California saying they will "not" be allowed until the end of January at the earliest.

As of now, inter-team competitions are suspended for youth and recreational adult sports until January 25th. This is based on guidelines that the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems has outlined on its website.

“Despite how hard it has been to do this for so many months, it’s imperative now more than ever that we all follow public health guidance by staying home and not mixing with other households,” said Dr. Erica Pan, Acting State Public Health Officer. “I know as a parent and athlete myself, how important exercise is to maintain physical and mental health, and we encourage members of the same household to do physical activities together and outdoors until the current and alarming surge passes. We need everyone to take seriously their responsibility to protect their entire community, and in the meantime, we all can look forward to these activities we can resume in 2021.”

According to a statement from Public Health: "Competitions are not permitted as they increase the probability of transmission due to mixing of households, traveling, and unavoidable physical contact. Competitions between different teams have been associated with multiple outbreaks in California and across the country."

There have been many tournaments and competitions going on across the state despite the order.

The return-to-competition date will be evaluated on January 4th based on California disease transmission trends.

Officials said it will be subject to change at any time based on the level of transmission in the state.