Minnesota winter sports events to start Jan. 14

Tue 12-29-2020

BROOKLYN CENTER - Minnesota Department of Health officials released new guidance on Monday that allow youth sports activities to play in games and scrimmages on Jan. 14.

The guidance came after Gov. Tim Walz earlier this month said practices could resume Jan. 4.

Basketball and hockey players will be required to wear face coverings. Athletes competing in wrestling, gymnastics and swimming and diving will be allowed to remove face coverings to perform certain tasks.

According to MDH, acceptable face coverings are "cloth masks, a neck gaiter, a scarf, a bandanna, or a religious face covering." All face coverings must cover the nose and mouth at all times.

The MDH updated youth sports document requires mask usage by all participants during practices and competitions with a few exceptions. Exceptions are made for those sports where wearing a mask may cause additional safety concerns and include gymnastics, cheerleading, wrestling and swimming and diving.

Practices are to be held in pods of 25 or less, both indoors and outdoors.

The MSHSL continues to work directly with the MDH and the Minnesota Department of Education in developing plans for student-athletes to return safely to in-person participation.