It may not be much longer until local recreation programs are officially in operation.
Both the Clinton and Laurens (Lakelands) YMCAs have reopened with restrictions, and the Laurens Parks and Recreation Department is carefully considering the matter.
The likelihood, as of current conditions related to the COVID-19 epidemic, is that baseball programs will begin practicing at around June 1, followed by two weeks of practice, then local league games. The Clinton Family YMCA, which operates the city’s recreation program, is working with Dixie Youth officials. While there may be some in-state regional all-star competition, no state, regional or national competition will be held this year.
Laurens Parks and Recreation administers the city’s programs, with baseball under Little League sanction. No plans to resume have yet been announced, but it is a matter under careful consideration. The likelihood is that the process will be the same: practice beginning on June 1, with league play opening on June 15, according to Recreation Director Jason Pridgen.
Both of the county’s YMCAs reopened on Monday, with certain restrictions. The Clinton YMCA is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and closed on Sunday. The Laurens Y is open Monday-Friday 5 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. and closed on Sunday.
The restrictions being implemented in the first phase of reopening at both YMCAs, include social distancing, use of only one entrance, screening body temperatures, limited class sizes, regular cleaning of equipment and some limits on its use, one example being restriction of gymnasiums to walking only and not, for instance, basketball.
Accelerate South Carolina, the panel making recommendations regarding the novel coronavirus to Gov. Henry McMaster, is meeting twice weekly. The governor reviews the latest conclusions of the commission before making decisions on whether or not to enact them.
High school athletic programs are in a similar position of awaiting limited approval of practice activity, based on the governor’s actions and the go-ahead of the S.C. High School League. As in the case of the recreation programs, some resumption is expected on June 1.