Youth Sports restrictions changing in City of St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS – Youth sports were previously banned in St. Louis because of COVID-19 concerns, but now a spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson told FOX 2 there is now a path forward for youth sports to resume such as football and soccer.

The Department of Health for the City of St. Louis is accepting operational guidelines and testing plans from schools and teams for each athletic activity or sport that — if approved by the city — would allow for competition among high and medium contact sports such as football and soccer to resume.

The St. Louis Public School District previously announced it was moving fall sports to the spring. It’s not clear if the new restrictions would change that decision.

St. Louis parents have differing opinions on the subject.

“I don’t understand it all,” said Jason Wessels. “Nothing is safer than it was; there’s no vaccine.”

Maureen Avouris believes student-athletes are missing out on what she considers much-needed socialization.

“I think they should lift the restrictions,” Avouris said.

More details about the changes are expected to be announced this week.

St. Louis University High School will be seeking approval for the return of those fall sports.  The school sent FOX 2 the following statement late Sunday night:

St. Louis University High School has been made aware of the pivot by the City of St. Louis to allow for the potential for teams in sports labeled moderate and high risk from schools in the City to engage in competition during the remainder of the fall season and the 2020-2021 academic year. As such, SLUH will be in communication with the City Department of Health and Director of Health, Dr. Fredrick Echols, to propose protocols that will allow us to provide approved opportunities for our student-athletes to compete in an environment that reflects our commitment to the safety of the SLUH community and its members and allows us to continue in-person classes according to our hybrid schedule. If Dr. Echols and the City approve our protocols, we will move forward with our seasons. SLUH is grateful for our partnership with the City of St. Louis, the Department of Health, and Dr. Echols.

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