- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BALTIMORE (AP) - Youth sports competitions can occur this fall at Baltimore park facilities after all, as the city reversed on Wednesday a previous decision to suspend programs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young announced the city would once again issue permits for kids’ leagues, news outlets reported. Earlier this month, Young said the city’s recreation and health departments would review COVID-19 data and make recommendations for fall sports.

“They have met, evaluated the data and even incorporated the guidance released late last week from the state,” Young said at a news conference. “Today, we are now confident to permit and provide youth sports leagues this fall.”

Some parents had expressed frustration with the city for their suspension decision earlier in the summer, saying their children needed an outlet and pointing out that adult leagues could still get permits.

Youth programs for tackle football, rugby and wrestling still won’t be allowed. Otherwise, all participants will have to wear face masks and only two spectators will be allowed per child to attend competitions. Leagues also must provide written safety plans.

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