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Salt Lake County Mayor, CDC Provide Guidelines As Team Sports Start Up

An empty little league baseball field is shown on March 19, 2020 in Towson, Maryland. Local gyms and health clubs have been shut down across the country due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson and the CDC released guidelines as youth, amateur, rec league, and professional sports begin to return.

The guidelines from Salt Lake County include five steps.

  1. Check for symptoms before each meeting, gathering, practice or competition.
  2. Stay home from all activities if:
    • You have any symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever or chills, fatigue, aches, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea)
    • You have been around anyone with COVID-19
    • You have tested positive for COVID-19
  3. Wear face coverings whenever possible.
    • Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but to protect people around the wearer (who may not have any symptoms of illness).
    • Face coverings may be challenging to wear while actively playing. Coaches, staff, officials, parents and spectators should wear face coverings as much as possible and players should wear when not actually playing.
    • Wearing face coverings is most important when the physical distance is difficult, such as while on the bench.
  4. Encourage thorough and frequent hand washing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  5. Do not allow spitting and encourage everyone to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow.

Click here to read the guidelines in Spanish.

The CDC (Center For Disease Control) released a video with guidelines for starting sports. The tips are focused on athletes, staff, coaches and parents.

They remind everyone about the importance of a face covering and social distancing.

Coronavirus Resources

How Do I Prevent It?

The CDC has some simple recommendations, most of which are the same for preventing other respiratory illnesses or the flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who may be sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

How To Get Help

If you’re worried you may have COVID-19, you can contact the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707 to speak to trained healthcare professionals. You can also use telehealth services through your healthcare providers.

Additional Resources

If you see evidence of PRICE GOUGING, the Utah Attorney General’s Office wants you to report it. Common items in question include toilet paper, water, hand sanitizer, certain household cleaners, and even cold medicine and baby formula. Authorities are asking anyone who sees price gouging to report it to the Utah Division of Consumer Protection at 801-530-6601 or 800-721-7233. The division can also be reached by email at