New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed an exective order that allows outdoor interstate youth sports competitions to take place starting on Friday, March 19.

“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,” Murphy said. “This has been a challenging year, and I am excited to know that our young athletes will soon be competing out on the field.”    

School-based, club, and recreational programs are also allowed to host outdoor interstate youth sports competitions outside of New Jersey, or outdoor youth sports competitions outside of New Jersey that would require New Jersey teams to travel to another state.

All non-collegiate and non-professional athletic practices and competitions that are conducted outdoors must abide by outdoor gathering limits. The limit is currently 50 people. Players, coaches, officials, and up to two parents or guardians per athlete are allowed to attend practices or competitions. No additional spectators or attendees will be allowed.

Spectators must follow guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health regarding sports activities, including wearing a mask, observing social distancing, and staying home if sick. Staff, parents, guardians, and visitors are required to wear face coverings at practices and games. Athletes are encouraged to wear masks during downtime, but not during physical activity. Local school districts, collegiate conferences, and other sports operators may impose additional restrictions on spectators.