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Minnesota legislators, parents decry mask order as youth sports restart


January 8, 2021


Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy dunked during a drill at practice Tuesday at the school in Minneapolis. Masks are required during practice and games for Minnesota high school and youth sports this season.

A state order requiring high school and youth athletes to wear masks while practicing and competing is not going over well with a group of Minnesota state legislators and supporters of the Let Them Play MN Facebook group.

A Jan. 6 letter signed by 30 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives to Gov. Tim Walz urged that the mask requirement be dropped. Citing guidance from the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control, they said wearing a mask while participating poses "a potential health risk to participants and may cause more harm than the intended good.''

The signers, including Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, said many parents and coaches have told them the mandate is "unworkable and outright harmful to their players. Many students with asthma or other conditions, who otherwise would have participated in sports, will no longer be able to do so.''


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