Protests for St. Louis County youth sports continue

Associated Press
The Rolla Daily News

CLAYTON — Protests against St. Louis County restrictions on high school sports continued Monday, when hundreds gathered in Clayton to demand that limits be lifted. 

Protesters held signs that read "let us play!" and chanted "Back to school. Back to sports." 

County Executive Sam Page last week announced new guidelines on youth sports, which lifted some restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The county now allows sports with little or no direct contact to be played, including cross-country, tennis, golf and swimming. 

But there's still a ban on high-contact sports such as football, basketball and hockey. Groups of 30 or fewer can practice such sports.

More than 200 people also protested outside Page's home Sunday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

"These teachers need to get back to school and these coaches need to get back to coaching," Brian Olivio of Eureka, who has three children in high school and middle school, told the newspaper. "They need to set an example and be fearless, not fearful."