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City of Irvine
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Irvine, CA 92606



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Youth Sports Resume under New State Guidelines

child playing soccer

The California Department of Public Health has released guidance for youth sports activities to resume.

The following criteria applies for all youth sports programs, including school-based, club, and recreational programs:

  • Youth sports and physical education are permitted only when the following can be maintained:
    • Physical distancing of at least six feet; and
    • A stable cohort, such as a class, that limits the risk of transmission
  • Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible. If indoors, cloth face coverings must be worn at all times.
  • Indoor youth sports training and physical conditioning is not allowed in counties where indoor gyms and fitness centers are prohibited. 
  • For sports that cannot be conducted with sufficient distancing or cohorting, only physical conditioning and training is permitted, and only where physical distancing can be maintained such as with individual skill-building movements. For example: running drills, and body weight resistance training.

Outdoor and indoor sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact are not permitted at this time. This includes tournaments, events, and competitions among any groups.

For further guidance related to school settings, please view the schools and school-based programs guideline document.