Sports

PE Classes

Physical Education (PE) classes are curricular classes and are not considered sporting activities. Students and staff must all wear masks indoors during PE classes. Masks are not required outdoors.

Weight Rooms

Universal masking is required by all athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and support personnel when in weight rooms, regardless of vaccination status. 

Weight rooms are high-risk indoor settings. They are often poorly ventilated, crowded and used by athletes from sports of multiple contact levels, as well as PE students. Students will practice physical distancing to the degree possible when in the weight room.

Which Sports are High or Moderate Contact Sports? Which Sports are High Aerosol-Generating? Low Contact Sports: Swimming, Tennis (Singles), Cross Country Running, Golf, Track and Field

Moderate Contact Sports: Volleyball, Tennis (Doubles), Soccer, Baseball, Girls Lacrosse, Softball High Contact Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Indoor Basketball, Wrestling High Aerosol-Generating Activity: Cheerleading

 
Fully vaccinated cheerleaders do not have to wear a mask when practicing, performing or competing. Unvaccinated cheerleaders do not have to wear a mask when practicing, performing or competing, if they participate in screening testing.
Universal masking of cheerleaders is required indoors when not practicing, performing or competing.
 

High contact indoor athletes who are engaging in practices off-season must either:

 

  • Practice universal masking at all times, regardless of vaccination status; or
  • Initiate the screening testing protocol of unvaccinated athletes to allow the removal of masks by all athletes, vaccinated and unvaccinated, while practicing. Masks must be worn at all other times when not practicing, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks are not required for outdoor sports of any contact level but are recommended in settings where unvaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and/or support personnel are in close proximity, such as standing on the sidelines, in a huddle, or sitting in a dugout.

 

Audience Members

Audience members should be seated in “family units” and those small groups should be spaced at least 3 feet apart.

Masking is required universally for all spectators attending K-12 sporting activities, regardless of vaccination status.

Mask Wearing Requirements

Contact risk levels for individual sports are referenced in DOH’s Guidance for Sports and Fitness Activities.

  • Masks are not required for athletes while competing in low contact or moderate contact sports indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks are not required for fully vaccinated athletes competing in high contact indoor sports.
  • Masks are not required for unvaccinated athletes competing in high contact indoor sports, if they participate in screening testing.
  • Masks are encouraged when practicing indoors.
  • Universal masking is required indoors when not practicing or competing.

Traveling for Athletics or Extracurricular Activities

Travel trips must follow CDC’s order for all riders and drivers to wear a mask on buses or other public transportation, regardless of vaccination status.

Students will be seated in cohorts together on the bus and separate the cohorts by at least 3 feet to the degree possible. 

Coaches and Trainers

  • Athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel should maintain at least 6 feet to the degree possible when not playing (e.g., on the bench, in the dugout, on the sideline, in locker rooms and other similar situations).
  • All coaches, athletic trainers, and other support personnel involved with sporting activities must wear face coverings indoors in K-12 settings, regardless of vaccination status.

Screening Testing for Sporting Activities

Screening testing is required for all unvaccinated athletes in high contact indoor sports (basketball, wrestling). 

Vaccines and Athletes

  • Fully vaccinated athletes do not have to participate in screening testing.
  • Unvaccinated athletes participating in indoor low or moderate contact sports are recommended, but not required, to participate in screening testing once or twice weekly. This is especially important when community transmission is substantial or high. 
  • Any athlete with a positive test must be excluded from the event and removed from the venue.
  • Positive test results must be reported to the local health jurisdiction.
  • Contact tracing should be performed per guidance in the What to Do if Someone Comes in Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19.

Athlete has Close Contact of Someone with COVID-19

  • The team should work with local public health to determine how to approach isolation, quarantine, and further testing.
  • Unvaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts should quarantine immediately, even if they recently had a negative test.
  • Fully vaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. They should isolate and follow appropriate guidance if they test positive. If they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. The symptomatic fully vaccinated person should inform their healthcare provider of their vaccination status at the time of presentation to care.