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Masks should be worn to the greatest extent possible during sporting activities. It is recommended that youth athletes wear masks, but not required. If you are unable to wear a mask because of difficulty breathing during high intensity activities, choose an outdoor location with greater ventilation and air exchange and where social distancing from others can be guaranteed. Participants may consult with their primary care provider to determine if vigorous activity while wearing a mask is safe for them.
“Indoor patrons must be seated, and masked at all times except when actively eating or drinking.” If they play pool, they’ll need to be socially distanced, masked, and items need to be cleaned between patrons.
Masks are required for everyone 5 years and above. If an athlete is actively playing in a sport they are exempt from wearing a mask. Masks should be worn to the greatest extent possible during sporting activities. Masks are required for athletes not actively participating in the sport i.e. part of the team but on the bench.
A mask should not be worn when actively playing a sport that requires using mouth guards or helmets. The CDC says “Wearing a mask with these types of protective equipment is not safe if it makes it hard to breathe.”
While participating in physical activity and/or sports where social distancing is not possible, adults need to be wearing masks to the greatest extent possible. Mask wearing may not be possible when individuals are wearing mouth guards or helmets during competition. Adult athletes should consult with their physician prior to intense physical activity while wearing a face covering.