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St. Louis County Statement on Youth Sports
The St. Louis County Department of Pubic Health, the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-10 Task Force and the City of St. Louis have issued this joint statement on youth sports:
The St. Louis Metropolitan Area is in the middle of a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases and there is widespread transmission of the virus occurring in the community, particularly in the younger population. This unfortunately increases the risk of spread to everyone, particularly when people gather in groups. Furthermore, children will further suffer as this increase in activity threatens the ability of children to return safely to school and to sports this fall.
While the risk of transmission during competitive youth sports games is most likely low, all of the activities surrounding the games increase the likelihood of spreading the virus. This includes teams, coaches and parents gathering before, during and after games and practices, carpooling and other activities associated with participating in sports teams, especially if proper mitigation practices are not in place.
For these reasons, the St. Louis Sports Medicine COVID-19 Task Force, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and the City of St. Louis Department of Health all agree that for now, competitive activities like games and scrimmages should be paused.
Although there have been COVID-19 cases associated with sports participation, it is the significant amount of virus circulating within the community that is the primary reason for having to roll back youth sports activities because they can create conditions for continued spread. The same conditions exist for any activity where person-to-person interaction is high, where groups of people get together for proms, graduation ceremonies or in bars, or where mitigation practices are low.
We all agree that participation in sports benefits young people physically, mentally and emotionally. Unfortunately, because of the significant spread of the virus within the community, these actions, as well as others, are needed until our communities are safe again.
Regardless of these constraints, the new recommendations still allow for physical activity -- such as sports skills and conditioning, both of which will allow our athletes to continue to develop as young athletes -- but in a much more controlled environment. Both the Department of Public Health’s guidelines and the task force’s recommendations contain these measures.
Everyone in the community can help bring competitive youth sports back by consistently wearing masks in public, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, emphasizing the importance of disclosing exposures with parents and athletes, avoiding congregating in crowds, including informal gatherings, and avoiding traveling with teams to other areas that aren’t practicing similar measures to control the virus. These measures will help decrease the virus in the community and allow all of us to get back to doing the things we love, such as youth sports.
Parks, Centennial Commons and Community Center
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff to perform essential services, the City has suspended all mulch services until further notice.
City Manager Gregory Rose has announced that trails, tennis courts and general areas of parks will reopen on Friday, May 1st. However, basketball courts, athletic fields, pavilions, golf course, community center and Centennial Commons Recreation Center will remain closed until further notice.
Ruth Park Golf Course and driving range are now open.The golf course will be open 6:00 am to sunset for walking only. Push carts will be available. Tee times can be reserved by calling 314-727-4800 by Mastercard or Visa only. No cash will be taken. The club house will be closed and restrooms will be located in the main parking lot. Online starting times will be taken but you will still need to call the golf shop for payment. Flagsticks are to remain in at all times and cups have been inverted for easy ball retrieval. Ball washers and drinking water will not be available on the course (coolers or fountains).
Recreation Programs and Events
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the availability of staff, the Summer Day Camp program has been canceled for 2020. The Heman Park Pool will not be opened this summer. Centennial Commons remains closed as well.
The dog park will reopen on Saturday May 23. No more than 10 people will be allowed in the dog park at one time.
Solid Waste Services
o Bulk item collection has been suspended until a future date
o Yard-waste collection will now continue as normal; no need to call in for service. The standard yard waste stickers requirement currently is waived.
Trash and recycling collection continues as regularly scheduled. Please ensure your carts are on the curbside before 7:00 a.m. on the collection day. Walk-out service for trash and recycling at qualified residences also continues as regularly scheduled. Please contact the department office at (314) 505-8560 with any questions.
- It is critical at this time to keep contamination out of recycling. Please keep the sorters at the recycling plant safe by only putting acceptable items in your recycling cart or dumpster. NEVER place medical waste or personal protective equipment in recycling; i.e. wipes, gloves, masks, paper towels, medical needles are NOT allowed.
Only recycle clean and dry:
• paper and cardboard
• plastic, glass, and metal household containers
Drop Off and Pick Up Hours
Due to the Current COVID -19 Crises, effective March 25, 2020, the Planning & Development Department will only accommodate the drop off and pick up of all permits and applications during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. These measures are being implemented due to the closure of City Hall. All drop off’s and pickups will be located at a temporary station at the former police station east side entrance of City Hall. If you have any questions please contact the Planning & Development Department at 314-505-8500. Applicants should provide a photocopy ID and appropriate authorization documentation with the packet. If you choose to pay by check please include it with your application or if you choose to pay by credit card staff will contact you once the application is entered to collect payment via telephone.
Small Business Assistance Program
The City has established a COVID-19 Business Resource Page with information for restaurants and other businesses regarding regional and national funding assistance information. The City is also exploring ways to assist on a local level. For more information, contact Clifford Cross, Director of Planning and Economic Development, firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 505-8516.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University City Municipal Division dockets have been postponed. Notice of your new court date will be mailed to the address on file with the court. The Court office is closed to the public. Updates can be checked on Municourt.net. For further information please visit the
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September 18, 2020
Adolescents in St. Louis County continue to contract and spread COVID-19, and the data demonstrate that sports activity is a factor in a number of cases.
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has documented five clusters of COVID transmission among student-athletes linked directly to sports practices or games. Each incident involves a group of high school students. In addition to those cases, we have identified more than 20 student-athletes who have contracted COVID-19 in recent weeks. In those instances, it’s not clear whether transmission occurred at an athletic or social activity. This comes amid a high number of cases among our adolescents – typically defined by medical authorities as those between 15 and 19 years old.
St. Louis County isn’t alone in seeing a link between youth sports and youth cases. In Jefferson County, several high school students who participated in a football game last week have tested positive for COVID-19, leaving one high school to order all varsity and JV team members to stay away from school for 14 days. In college athletics, the University of Missouri football team will have at least 12 players who won’t be able to play in the team’s first game later this month due to COVID-19.
Even professional sports teams like the St. Louis Cardinals are not immune from transmission. The Cardinals have reported that 18 players and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, and one has lost his life to the disease.
The reality is that games in high-contact sports present a risk of transmission. Players are within inches of other players, breathing, spitting and yelling without masks. Physical exertion entails heavy breathing, which is known to be a vector of disease spread. And related activities such as team huddles, shared meals, team bus rides, frequent carpooling and crowds of spectators further compound transmission risk. Decreasing opportunities for young people to congregate and spread the virus is a priority for St. Louis County, particularly because transmission among young people puts in-person education at risk.
Based on this data and in conjunction with study of best practices across the country, we have divided youth sports into three categories based on the amount of person-to-person contact that is involved. For low-contact sports and for medium-contact sports played by younger children, we are allowing games, with social distancing restrictions. For high-contact sports like football and some medium-contact sports played by older teens, we are not yet allowing games. See our full youth sports guidelines here.
The long-term effect of COVID-19 among children and adolescents is unknown. Alarmingly, studies have begun to show that young athletes who test positive for COVID-19 can suffer myocarditis as a result. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle that can weaken the heart and affect its electrical system, reducing its ability to pump and causing rapid or abnormal heart rhythms (or arrhythmias). Myocarditis is the third leading cause of sudden death in children and young adults.
It's critical to understand that every single person who contracts COVID-19 has the potential to infect multiple networks of people around them. Young people with COVID-19 may spread it to older relatives, friends and those in the community who are more apt to develop serious symptoms – or die – from the disease. Research indicates that adolescents spread the virus just as efficiently as adults. At this time, more than 600 students and staff at schools in St. Louis County have been quarantined because of potential exposures, all while no games are being played in high-contact sports.
Until community transmission in St. Louis County is reduced and until we can recommend that high schools return to in-person education, we cannot recommend resumption of games in high-contact high school sports. All of these decisions have been – and will continue to be - driven by public health department data and lived experience.
The Department of Public Health recognizes the importance of the physical activity and social support provided by athletics. DPH allows – and encourages – individual and team workouts, skill development work and other activities. Participants in many sports are permitted to play competitive games. However, we are recommending – but not requiring – that high-contact fall sports shift to a spring schedule, as allowed by the Missouri High School Sports Activities Association.
Our guidance will continue to change as we closely monitor transmission in the community. We will continue to seek feedback from stakeholders and watch the data with the knowledge that our decisions regarding how and when we resume many activities, include youth sports, could significantly affect the well-being of many residents, not just young athletes. We take our responsibility to protect St. Louis County very seriously.
The St. Louis County Department of Public Health will continue to make decisions to keep our children safe, fight community transmission and encourage healthy activities.
If I am concerned that I have coronavirus or may have been exposed, what do I do?
Contact the St. Louis County COVID-19 Hotline 24/7 at (314) 615-2660