CDPH Issues Updated Guidance on Face Coverings, Youth Sports

This week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated COVID-19 guidance relative to face coverings and youth sports. These items are detailed below:

Masking Guidance Highlights Importance of Proper Fit and Filtration

Updated guidance from CDPH this week underscores the importance of wearing a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with an increasing presence of COVID-19 virus variants statewide. The updated guidance discusses fit and filtration of masks and indicates “double masking” serves as an effective way to improve fit and filtration. The guidance details situations in which individuals require a higher level of protection through the use of masking, such as being in indoor spaces with people from outside one’s household, and provides guidance on use of cloth masks, medical masks, and KN95 and N95 masks.

The updated masking guidance from CDPH is available here.

Youth Sports Guidance Updated Following Legal Case

CDPH additionally updated on Thursday an update to its outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sports guidance which specifies conditions under which youth and adult recreational sports may resume practice with contact and competition under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The guidance has been updated to authorize any youth or adult recreational sports team, including indoor sports, to begin practice with contact and competition at any time if they adhere to the specific requirements applicable to college sports under the COVID-19 industry guidance for Institutions of Higher Education.

The updated guidance specifies that teams can return to competition earlier than otherwise authorized under the previous guidance which was issued on February 19, 2021, but only if teams adhere to the stricter requirements in place for college sports teams. The guidance resolves uncertainty created by a recently issued court order in response to a lawsuit filed in San Diego County.

A press announcement on the updated youth sports guidance is available here.