EL PASO, Texas — City sports leagues will be allowed to operate starting Saturday.
The City of El Paso announced Thursday that city sports leagues will resume Saturday, after receiving guidance from public health officials and in accordance with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s guidelines for recreational sports.
“While return to play has been approved, we urge participants, coaches and parents to please adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines,” said Local City-County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “Following the recommendations will not only keep our athletes, spectators and community safe, but they will also help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and avoid unnecessary exposure.”
All City sports will resume with the start of youth football followed by youth and adult sports such as softball, baseball, and basketball, soccer and inline hockey shortly after.
“Time and physical activity, especially sports, are important to the well-being of our community and residents,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Director Ben Fyffe. “We are proud of the hard work our Sports Division staff has done to be able to bring back our City Leagues in a safe and healthy manner for our athletes and the sports community.”
Parks and Recreation will follow guidelines set forth by the Governor of Texas Executive Orders as well as COVID-19 health and safety protocols implemented by the Department of Public Health. Players, parents, coaches, referees and umpires must follow the following health and safety guidelines:
Health and Safety Guidelines for City Sports Leagues
- Social distancing and designated seating for spectators
- Face coverings must be worn when not participating in physical activity
- Temperature checks at facilities and complexes
- For youth sports – only one spectator is allowed per player
- No spectators allowed at adult leagues
- Additional installation of hand sanitizing stations
- No congregating before, during and after games
- Cleaning of equipment