The Oregon Health Authority and Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday that indoor full-contact youth sports will be allowed to compete starting as soon as Friday. That means typical winter high school sports like basketball and wrestling, which have been awaiting their return to play, have the green light.
With this school year’s rearranged spors calendar, winter sports were moved to “season four,” which is scheduled to begin practices on May 10. Official contests for swimming, basketball and wrestling can now begin on their scheduled date of May 17.
Counties in the extreme or high risk categories under the state’s COVID-19 guidance must submit a health and safety plan prior to starting activities. More details on health and safety requirements from the OSAA are expected in the coming days.
Much like indoor volleyball earlier this spring, admitance into dyms for practices and games will be limited for counties in the two highest risk levels.
Douglas County is currently in the high risk category, which means schools would be required to limit the number of people in a gym to no more than 25% of max capacity or 50 people total, whichever is smaller.