From Carroll County Recreation & Parks - July 31, 2020
As you are probably aware, Governor Hogan amended his executive order regard face coverings this week with an effective date of today, July 31, at 5 pm. In short, the order now requires face coverings for all persons in Maryland over the age of five (5) years old when they are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain at least six feet of distance from individuals who are not members of their household.
Exceptions to this requirement include the following:
1. If due to bona fide disability or medical condition, it would be unsafe for person to wear face covering
2. Not required while swimming or engaging in other physical activities where the use of a Face Covering is likely to pose a bona fide safety risk Per a previous communication from Maryland State Department of Health, face coverings are not recommended when outside on very hot days due to the risk of heat injury
To assist the recreation councils with interpretation of this order with regards to youth sports programs, we are providing the following guidance:
1. Youth sports participants actively engaged in their sport are not required to wear a face covering.
2. Youth sports participants who are not actively engaged in their sporty and are on the sidelines or bench should be wearing face coverings, especially if they are unable to consistently maintain 6' apart from other players
3. Youth sports activities may only have parents and family members present as spectators. We strongly recommend that spectators wear face coverings, especially if they are unable to maintain 6' apart from non-family members
We have received reports of players and spectators not practicing effective social distancing and heard concerns about the possible negative health impact on our community. While we are all hopeful that the children will be able to enjoy some level of outdoor activity this fall, we will need responsible behavior from all involved to make that a reality.
We continue to await more information regarding fall high school sports and the use of school indoor facilities and related impacts on rec. council activities.