Rockford, Illinois News

IHSA: Masks no longer required for low-risk sports

BLOOMINGTON — Students competing in low-risk outdoor sports and activities are no longer required to wear masks while competing.

In-season Illinois High School Association sports and activities impacted by the latest COVID-19 update include bass fishing, baseball, softball, tennis, and track & field.

Students must continue to wear masks in these sports and activities when they are not actively competing, including when they are on the bench.

Officials in these sports and activities must continue to wear masks unless they are socially distanced. More guidance will be provided to the coaches and officials in these respective sports from the IHSA in the coming days.

IDPH also recommends COVID-19 testing for student-athletes in high-risk sports. IDPH announced that the State of Illinois will fund optional testing for any school teams who wish to test their high-risk sports teams. Current high-risk IHSA sports include football, boys lacrosse, and wrestling. The IHSA will provide member schools with state testing contacts when that information is available from Illinois Department of Public Health.