MYSA is following the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance for youth sports. The most up to date copy of the guidance is linked here:
Players are not required to wear a face covering while actively practicing or playing outdoors. Players are required to wear face coverings when they are not actively practicing or playing and cannot maintain physical distancing.
Referees are not required to wear a face covering while actively refereeing, though like players, are required to wear face coverings when not actively refereeing and cannot maintain physical distancing.
All other participants (coaches, administrators, facility managers, spectators, etc.) shall continue to wear face coverings whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
This loosening of the face covering requirement comes with a strong recommendation from MDH to conduct weekly testing. If weekly testing cannot be achieved, MDH recommends that players continue to wear face coverings at all times (including while actively practicing or playing).
Effective Monday, April 26, 2021, Minnesota is offering organized sports teams additional testing support and options to order and provide weekly COVID-19 testing to all participants. The Minnesota Department of Health encourages all participants (including athletes, coaches, referees, volunteers, etc.) on a team to participate in weekly testing.
The testing requirement is part of a larger initiative by the MDH to curb the spread of COVID-19 in middle and high school aged children. Testing resources are being made available to schools and sports programming across the state and we encourage you to take advantage of these resources.