THREE CHANGES TO SPORTS RULES
Because of the strength of our current case numbers, we are making three immediate changes to the restrictions on youth sports that we put in place last fall:
1) Outdoor team sports such as football and lacrosse will be able to hold games and competitions this spring. These sports are being played with COVID modifications such as mask-wearing and social distancing on the sidelines to reduce risk.
2) Rhode Island teams can now play out-of-state teams from states with less than 5% positivity rates, where travel is not restricted, for all moderate-risk and lower-risk sports in Rhode Island, as well as for higher-risk sports played outdoors.
3) Spectators may watch events if the facility or host can maintain occupancy at no more than 1 person per 125 square feet, or at 40% capacity. For youth sports, spectators should only be family members. For colleges and universities, the schools may only allow students and personnel who are part of the home school campus. Again, other COVID protocols around mask-wearing and distancing remain in place.