The Department of Public Health on Friday released new guidance and recommendations for organized sports, including youth and adult club and private league activities. The most strict recommendations were made for those sports determined to present the greatest risk for players contracting COVID-19.
DPH recommended that only small group conditioning and non-contact drills, all considered Tier 1 activities, be allowed for higher-risk sports, both indoor and outdoor. The agency identified wrestling, 11-on-11 football, boys lacrosse, competitive cheer and dance as higher-risk sports.
Out-of-state competitions are not recommended in states that appear on Connecticut's travel advisory list of locations with high infection rates for lower, moderate or higher risk sports.
Meanwhile, indoor team practices, scrimmages, tournaments and contests involving sports considered to have a moderate risk are recommended, but only if appropriate safety modifications are feasible. Those include sports such as basketball, girls lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, baseball and seven-on-seven football.
The agency's guidance is expected to be revisited later in the fall or early winter.