ST. LOUIS- St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page announced significant changes this morning to some of the current controversial COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports in St. Louis County.
And sports aren’t the only area where changes could be coming.
Page spoke inside the county administration building in Clayton.
The County Executive saying COVID-19 cases in young people in St. Louis County are generally down.
As a result, Page is relaxing some restrictions on youth sports in St. Louis County.
Page says starting Monday, games will be allowed in high frequency contact sports for all middle schoolers and children younger than 14.
That means in sports like football, basketball, ice hockey and wrestling, competitive games will be permitted.
However Page says high school games for high contact sports including football still won’t be allowed for now.
Page tells us all students including high schoolers will be allowed to play competitive games in moderate-contact sports come Monday including soccer, softball, volleyball and field hockey.
We’re told for all outdoor youth sports, two parents or spectators per athlete will be permitted to attend games with an overall limit of 50.
Page says discussions are ongoing about how to make high contact sports like football games safe for high schoolers to play possibly this fall.
Page arguing that there is still some concern about COVID-19 cases in the general high school age group and that is why high school football games are still prohibited.
Page says he didn’t cave to public and legal pressure by easing some sport restrictions but is considering multiple factors.
Page says the general lower COVID-19 cases are also leading him to recommend that middle school students be allowed to return to in person learning.
That is a recommendation…not a mandate.
We’re told at this point it’s recommended that high school students not yet return to in-person classes.