New Jersey Lifts Restrictions on Outdoor Interstate Youth Sports

By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Writer / Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order to lift the prohibition on outdoor interstate youth competitions, which went into effect on March 19. This legislation does not impact the state’s current ban on indoor interstate youth sports.

“As the weather begins to warm up and with outdoor sports seasons looking to begin, I am pleased that we are able to take this step,” Gov. Murphy said in a release. “This has been a challenging year, and I am excited to know that our young athletes will soon be competing out on the field.”

Players, coaches, game officials, and up to two parents/guardians per athlete are allowed to attend outdoor sporting events, per the state’s guidance. Otherwise, no additional attendees are allowed.

People attending these competitions are expected and mandated to follow all health and safety guidelines, such as wearing masks and socially distancing. Players must wear masks when not participating in whichever sport they’re playing.

With case numbers dropping and the number of vaccinated individuals rising, this is one of several changes being made to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in New Jersey. The capacity limit for indoor businesses, as well as for indoor and outdoor gatherings, has increased from 35% to 50% as of March 11.

With more than three million vaccine doses administered as of March 23 and a general decline in cases, Governor Murphy is sure that “we can confidently take these steps […] as our COVID-19 metrics continue to trend in the right direction.”

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.