LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- To play or not to play? That seems to be one of the main questions for athletes, parents and coaches as cases continue to rise across Lane County.
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Lane County Public Health is worried about recreational leagues because a lot of sports will be played indoors in the coming months. Not only does this increase the risk of transmission but it forces health officials to take a hard look at whether playing sports is worth the risk or not.
Bev Smith, the director of Kidsports, said a lot of planning has gone into making sure they're able to hold their sporting events safely. Smith told KEZI 9 News that they are following all the guidelines in place and will continue to hold sporting events until directly told otherwise.
This comes after Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said he urges rec and sports leagues to cease large events because of transmission that happens at them.
Smith said kids benefit from getting outside and being active especially during a pandemic.
"It's not about scoring or winning in this environment. It's really about getting outside and getting those 60 minutes a day that is and has been proven to be a health advantage for them in all aspects of life," Smith said.
Lane County has been in phase two for months now and that means full contact sports are still not allowed. However, non-contact and medium contact sports are OK with strict guidelines in place.
At Civic Park kids have been playing soccer and flag football, which both fall under medium contact sports.
Davis said Lane County Public Health is working directly with rec leagues to make sure these events stay as safe as possible. He said if you are able to maintain a safe distance apart, have a big enough facility indoors and are able to avoid crowded sidelines, these events have the potential to be low risk.
He urges parents to avoid contact as much as possible and follow all the guidelines in place when they attend practices and games. This will help limit transmission and keep children playing safely.