Sisolak to update youth and adult sports at 1 p.m. press conference

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Update, 1 p.m.:

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak paved the way for adult and youth sports events to resume in Nevada, with restrictions, but made no determination on whether the Silver State’s high school sports calendar would include a fall season.

Speaking Friday afternoon at the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, Sisolak said the state’s resumption-of-play guidelines would go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The directives will cover youth and adult activities, but will not involve high school, collegiate or professional sports.

The new directives allow specific non-contact or minimal-contact sports to begin training, practicing and playing on Saturday. The directive applies to youth and adult organizations, club sports and “travel teams,” other private organizations, and recreational or park-based leagues.

The governor said that the minimal-contact sports that could resume immediately included baseball and softball, soccer, volleyball, golf, track and cross country, cheerleading (sidelines; no contact), swimming and diving, gymnastics, fencing, and kickball.

Sisolak highlighted many of the features of Nevada’s new directives, including:

  • Any sports league or organization must adopt a “Sports Safety Plan.” The plan must be submitted to and approved by the Nevada Department of Business & Industry before any competitions.
  • Tournaments, which Sisolak defined as large gatherings of teams or players in a single location, can begin on Oct. 24. Event organizers must have an approved Sports Safety Plan and must also submit a “Tournament COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan” to the state.
  • For all activities, a coach, manager or league official must assign a designated monitor to ensure social distancing is being observed and face coverings are worn, along with any other requirements put forth by the governor’s office. All adult coaches, managers, staff, and officials will be required to take a COVID test prior to beginning play.
  • Before any event, contactless temperature