ALBANY, N.Y. – On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that youth sports considered ‘low risk’ can begin practicing and playing starting Sept. 21.
This includes tennis, soccer, cross-country, field hockey and swimming.
Schools must follow the guidance issued by the Department of Health, including rules on social distancing, gatherings in enclosed spaces, personal protective equipment and disinfection.
According to Cuomo, school teams cannot travel outside of their region to practice or play until October.
"So, a school can play in the region. They can play with the contiguous region our county but nothing outside of that until Oct. 19. Again we're doing this in phases. We want to see what the effect is. We want to see how it works," said Cuomo.
Update on youth sports:
Statewide, lower-risk sports (e.g. tennis & soccer) may practice & play beginning 9/21.
No travel games or practice permitted outside school's region or neighboring regions until 10/19.
Full-contact sports can practice but aren't authorized to compete.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 24, 2020
Sports with more contact that are considered high risk, like football and wrestling, can practice but cannot play until a later date.
At indoor games, spectators should stay six feet apart and wear masks, according to the guidance, and only 50% capacity should b permitted.
Below is the interim DOH guidance issued Aug. 15 regarding sports and recreation: