August 20, 2020
Cases in Dover - There have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dover over the past two weeks.
Youth Athletic Teams and COVID-19
New Massachusetts standards for youth and adult amateur sports became effective on August 17. They categorize sports according to the risk of COVID-19 transmission and set standards accordingly.
Higher risk sports are those for which there is a substantial likelihood of routine close and/or sustained contact between participants with a high probability that respiratory particles will be transmitted. Examples include football, wrestling, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, ice-hockey, competitive cheer, martial arts, ultimate frisbee, boxing, pair figure skating.
Moderate risk sports involve intermittent close proximity or limited, incidental physical contact between participants. Examples include baseball, softball, crew, sailing, track and field, running clubs, team swimming, volleyball, dance class, fencing, field hockey, girls’ lacrosse, soccer.
Lower risk sports can be done individually or with social distancing and no physical contact. Examples include tennis, pickleball, swimming, catch, disc golf, golf, individual biking, surfing, horseback riding, individual sailing, fishing, hunting, motor sports, no contact exercise classes, gymnastics, cross country, individual crew.
Some athletic teams have been competing out-of-state to get around the rules. Lately, some Massachusetts youth athletic teams have been traveling to compete in states where the restrictions on sports are less than they are in Massachusetts in order to circumvent the rules. This is a risky strategy because of the possibility of contracting COVID and bringing it home to family and friends. Below are links to a recent report about a Massachusetts ice hockey player who contracted COVID at a tournament in Connecticut along with about a dozen other players.
The opening of our schools next month depends on the COVID rate in our towns remaining low, and it’s important that all of us do what we can to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19. The Dover and Sherborn Boards of Health and School Superintendent, Andrew Keough, strongly recommend that students and parents resist the urge to participate in out-of-state sports at this critical time to protect our community from COVID.