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Masks coming for Minnesota high school sports; games begin Jan. 14

The latest Minnesota Department of Health guidelines require masks for some sports when practices begin Jan. 4


December 29, 2020

Shari L. Gross •

Hermantown defenseman Jackson Lucia (4) blocked a shot by Mahtomedi's Max Pieper (12) in the Class 1A boys' hockey state championship game last March.

Winter sports coaches and athletes learned Monday that games, matches and meets can resume Jan. 14, and masks will be required during most competitions.

On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Health released updated guidelines for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus in winter sports from the youth to the high school level. Basketball and hockey players must compete while wearing face coverings. Participants in cheerleading, gymnastics, swimming and diving and wrestling will be allowed to temporarily remove their masks while performing certain tasks.

Practice pods are capped at 25 athletes. Spectators are not allowed at practice unless a child's age, disability or medical condition requires parental support. It is unclear whether spectators will be permitted to attend games. Concessions are not allowed to be sold at games at this time. Additional guidance pertaining to any changes to game play is expected.


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