We hope this message finds everyone well and staying safe. Since our last update, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order on Thursday, May 28th that included the following language:
“For several weeks now, gatherings of more than ten people in a single location have been banned in Georgia unless there is at least six feet between each person. Given favorable data and relying on Dr. Toomey’s advice, we feel comfortable incrementally increasing that number to twenty-five. That means starting June 1, 2020, you can have gatherings of more than twenty-five people in a single location if you have at least six feet between each person. Small weddings, recreational sports, and similar events will be able to resume with a little more flexibility, but we are asking everyone to stay vigilant. Please continue to follow public health advice as you engage in these activities. Wash your hands, keep your distance, wear a mask if possible, and protect the elderly and medically fragile from exposure. My executive order also specifically addresses the return of amateur and professional sports. Starting June 1, professional sports teams and organizations which engage in practices or other in-person operations must operate by the rules or guidelines of their respective sports league. In addition, all amateur sports that continue in-person operation must follow the guidelines for non-critical infrastructure organizations.”
Since NYO operates under a lease on City of Atlanta property, we then followed up with city officials for additional guidance to learn more on what this means for us. We had a great meeting with city officials this morning that allowed us the opportunity to share our plan to re-open as well as our ongoing operational plan to provide a safe environment for our families. The city was very receptive and we appreciate the support they continue to provide the park. We have a follow-up meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon to get more details but we are planning to resume activities as early as next week. These activities would be modified practices for our spring baseball and softball teams. It is important to note that we operate in a City of Atlanta park and cannot resume activities until the city approves.
We remain committed to extending the NYO spring baseball and softball recreational seasons into the summer months. On that note, there will be plenty of communications coming your way over the next few days as we work out the details. I’m sure you will have some questions but please stay patient with us and be on the lookout for more information soon.
We would like to thank all of those that have worked on this over the past few months. The commitment from the city and surrounding parks has been very positive.
We look forward to seeing everyone back at the park soon!
Registration for Fall Sports to begin June 15, 2020 – NYO plans to begin registration for Fall sports (baseball, cheer, flag football, girls basketball, softball and tackle football) on June 15, 2020; please mark your calendar. We will continue to work with local and state government officials and follow the necessary health guidelines/recommendations as needed. More information will be released on our fall programs once we have more direction from local and state governments.