January 14, 2021
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.