On Oct. 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he would be relaxing some of the COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities statewide, including outdoor sports.
As part of that announcement, some outdoor youth sports are now allowed to resume, including soccer, softball, cross-country, tennis, flag football, and lacrosse.
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King County Parks said it would allow games and scrimmages for youth and adult sports, with some restrictions, starting Oct. 15. Outdoor group events, such as runs, rides, and races are allowed to resume as well, with restrictions, including a limit on the number of participants and guidelines for staggered starts.
Since King County still ranks in the “moderate” level of COVID-19 activity, athletes, teams, leagues, and other organizations may participate in “low risk” and “medium risk” sports, which are listed below:
Low risk: tennis, swimming, diving, cross country, disc golf
Moderate risk: softball, baseball, t-ball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, crew, field hockey
High risk: football, rugby, basketball, water polo, martial arts competitions, roller derby, boxing
County parks will schedule baseball games through Oct. 31. Leagues and teams can contact the regional scheduling office or Marymoor Park office with questions about scheduling or rentals.
Leagues and other organizations are required to have a “Return to Play” safety plan in place that must include requirements for facial coverings, physical distancing, and no spectators.
Per King County Parks, face coverings are required for all participants before and after activities, and at all times for coaches, referees, trainers, and others at the