MSHSL UPDATES

January 14, 2021

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Updated Nordic and Alpine Ski Mask/Face Coverings Information


The MSHSL learned this afternoon an additional exception has been added to the Mask/Face Covering Requirement language. This additional exception indicates flexibility around the wearing of masks/face coverings during the race portion of both Alpine and Nordic Skiing. Beginning today, the following statements should be applied to Alpine and Nordic Skiing.


  • Participants in Alpine and Nordic skiing must be masked at all times outdoors whenever 6 feet of social distancing cannot be observed.
  • In Alpine Skiing, participants should be masked at all times until they are in the starting gate. At this point, they are able to remove their mask/face covering if they so choose. Upon completion of the run, each participant should again be masked.
  • In Nordic Skiing, participants should be masked at all times until they arrive at the start line. At this time, they are able to remove their mask/face covering if they so choose. Upon crossing the finish line, participants should again be masked.
  • Recommended: Participants are encouraged to use neck gaiters or similar mask/face covering that can easily be moved from their face and then replaced after the completion of their competition.


The updated language regarding outdoor sports and masks/face coverings is found here: Minnesota Department of Health Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings


This information will be added to the Nordic and Alpine Guidance and Information Documents soon.


COVID-19 Sports Practice and Games Guidance for Youth and Adults (Updated 1/14/21)

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