As coronavirus cases continue to rise Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Monday further rollbacks on reopening guidance for organized athletic activities for high-school aged athletes and older.
In a new Phase 2 “adjustment,” high-contact sports, including basketball, football and hockey, are now prohibited in the District beginning Monday.
Universities and professional sports leagues are excluded from the mayor’s order and may continue to practice and compete, so long as they have approved health and safety plans, Bowser said.
As for other organized sports, high school extracurricular sports activities and competitions will be suspended for DC public and private schools. Recreation centers and sports clubs in the District must also suspend all sports and organized athletic activities for high school-aged athletes.
Children who are middle school-aged and younger may continue to participate in organized drills for high-contact sports in groups of no more than 12 (precluding the ability to hold competitions). The activities must not involve actual physical contact, per the mayor’s order.
Physical education classes for all students must not involve activities in which children might come within six feet of one another.
The Department of Parks and Recreation will also stop issuing field permits for organized sports. DC residents may continue to use public fields for individual exercise or non-high contact activities.
Washington, DC reported 183 new coronavirus cases and four deaths Monday, pushing the death toll to at least 701.