Coronavirus: SLO County sports fans can attend outdoor games

San Luis Obispo County sports fans can now attend school games again — with some restrictions in place, health officials announced Friday.

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department said spectators at outdoor school sports will be allowed at 20% capacity with “precautions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The easing of restrictions comes about a week before the start of high school football season, as the state proposes guidelines for professional sports.

“Our community has worked hard to slow the spread of COVID-19, allowing us to begin reopening schools and sports for young people,” said San Luis Obispo County Public Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein, in a press release. “Now we must maintain our vigilance so that we can maintain these important opportunities for children.”

“As we continue to see community transmission and pay attention to emerging variants, we know that limiting large gatherings is essential to keeping our community healthy and open,” Borenstein said.

Fans should wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing from other households, the statement said.

“Spectators are not currently permitted at indoor events,” the statement read.

Cal Poly is planning an April 1 target date after which the university will bring fans back, limiting capacity to 2,200 attendees for football, about 650 for baseball and about 200 for softball, according to a source.

The Mustangs’ football season begins Saturday at home at Alex Spanos Stadium against Southern Utah at noon. The game will be broadcast by KSBY-TV and streamed live at gopoly.com/sports/football/schedule.

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Tate Samuelson throws to first for an out as Brooks Lee spins to cover third. Cal Poly hosted Nevada for a series of 4 baseball games to open the season. Fans are expected to return after April 1. David Middlecamp [email protected]

Safety measures in school sports to limit the spread of COVID-19

According to the press release, state guidelines recommend schools provide ways for family and friends to “watch live remote practices and competitions if possible.”

“It also requires youth sports organizers to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 when returning to play, through steps such as regular player testing and limitations on tournaments,” the statement read. “The state guidelines apply to all organized recreational sports for youth and adults, including schools, community programs, private clubs and leagues.”

“I appreciate the ongoing support and partnership of public health, our athletic directors, school administrators and school boards to keep our community safe,” said San Luis Obispo County Schools Superintendent James Brescia. , in the press release. “Adhering to COVID-19 safety precautions and capacity limits at outdoor sporting events and adhering to California Department of Public Health safety requirements allows us to continue to increase in-person services. and school activities.

High school football season begins for some schools on March 19 and for others on March 27.

For more information, go to ReadySLO.org or call the registered public health information line at 805-788-2903.

This story was originally published March 12, 2021 5:34 p.m.

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Nick Wilson covers the city of San Luis Obispo and has been a reporter for the San Luis Obispo Tribune since 2004. He also writes regularly about San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay and Los Osos, as well as sports. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.

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