Southern Minnesota sports lovers will finally get their fix, as the state gives the go-ahead to resume activities under new guidance from health officials. On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health released guidance on sports participation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Wednesday, June 24, youth sports games and scrimmages can resume for outdoor sports. Indoor sports games and scrimmages can resume starting on July 1. Organizations are required to have a COVID-19 preparedness plan that integrates MDH guidance and social distancing requirements.
Here’s additional guidance issued by MDH:
- Coaches, staff, and spectators are asked to wear a face covering at all times and practice social distancing.
- Adults and children should wash or sanitize their hands often.
- Avoid sharing water bottles, community snacks, or towels.
- Encourage use of dedicated personal equipment, such as bats, mitts, rackets, etc.
- Find new ways to show sportsmanship (i.e. tip your hats instead of handshakes).
- Adhere to social distancing recommendations when participants aren’t playing, such as in dugouts or on the bench).
- Practice social distancing from other household during player pick up and drop off.
- Friends and family should not attend practices to avoid crowding.
- Maintain health checks and screening of participants, staff, and volunteers.
- Organizations should require participants and family members to stay home when sick.