Open letter to the county on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page:
An open letter to our community regarding youth sports in Humboldt County:
The California Department of Public Health recently released updated guidelines limiting the number of observers in youth sports to one observer per child. Unfortunately, it seems that co-parenting families were not taken into account when developing this orientation. Mandating a strict rule of only one observer per child forces children to make a choice between the parent deemed essential to attend an event and ostracize co-parent families. Every parent, including step-parents, has the right to attend and watch an event involving their child, and should be able to choose for themselves whether participation in their child’s sporting event is necessary or not. .
The sheriff’s office is not here to dictate what the age-appropriate supervision of youth sports looks like and will not be present at these sporting events to oversee parental supervision of their young athletes.
Throughout this pandemic, the sheriff’s office has taken an educational approach to COVID-19 precautions, rather than an enforcement approach. We believe this approach continues to be successful in our riding. I encourage anyone who participates in youth sporting events to continue to maintain their social distancing and practice COVID-19 safety precautions such as wearing a face mask and staying home if you feel sick.
Sheriff William F. Honsal