WILMINGTON, Del. – On Tuesday, Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health released new guidance on playing fall sports safely in the first state.
The new guidance categorizes sports by risk – high risk, medium risk, and low risk – and requires sports organizers to follow guidance around masks, social distancing, and other preventative measures to keep players, families, and coaches safe.
“We want Delaware’s children to be active, to get outside this fall. But coaches, sports organizers and parents need to make sure they’re following all necessary precautions to keep children and families safe from COVID-19,” said Governor Carney. “This virus is still active in our communities. Wear a mask. Physically distance from others. Don’t gather in large groups. We’re beating this virus, but we all need to stay vigilant.”
According to the guidance, anyone playing a high-risk sport, such as football and wrestling, must wear a face mask at all times, unless an organization presents a plan to DPH to modify the sport to limit contact. The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA) has final determination about whether school sports may resume in Delaware.
All youth and amateur sports facilities and organizations must review and follow this guidance. Every athletic facility and sports organization is responsible for enforcing these requirements. Fines or closure may be imposed on those that do not follow the guidance safely. Failing to comply with plans submitted to and approved by DPH will result in recession of plan approval and further enforcement.
To read the full guidance on fall sports in Delaware, click here.