Following yesterday’s announcement from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker about lifting Covid-19 restrictions next Saturday, May 29, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)issued a statement this morning that masks and facial covers will no longer be required for those competing outdoors.
The MIAA Sports Medicine Committee (SMC) “voted unanimously” to approve the guidelines the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) unveiled yesterday that would allow both youth and amateur sports participants to “no longer require face coverings for youth athletes 18 and under while playing outdoors.” The remaining restrictions will be lifted effectively on May 29.
In addition to no longer needing a face mask or covering while competing outside, student-athletes will no longer need to wear them on the bench or in a dugout. Those that compete in low-risk sports indoors will not have to wear a mask or face covering as long they can maintain at least 14 feet or more from other participants. Face masks and coverings will be required for those attending indoor events such as boy’s volleyball matches but not needed for outdoor contests, pending fans can safely distance themselves from others.
Excluding today’s decision on masks and facial coverings, no changes will be made to the MIAA sports modifications. However, the governing body of Massachusetts high school sports did say they would review the EEA guidelines as restrictions are lifted.
We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend while celebrating America’s birthday safely. Did you enjoy a hot dog and hamburger this weekend?
Let’s kick-off a brand new week – well, technically the start of phase three here in Massachusetts – with the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Monday, July 6, 2020.
Have a great day, everyone, and remember to stay safe and healthy, too!
Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, July 6, 2020
With phase three starting today that only means one thing: summer baseball.Yep, summer baseball is back on for a few local leagues, including the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL), which begins its inaugural season tomorrow with three very enticing matchups taking place in Dedham, Franklin, and Norwood.
According to recent modeling, Massachusetts is one of 14 states that has “controlled the growth of the disease” – that would be the coronavirus (Covid-19). And that was certainly a reason why Governor Charlie Baker elected to move our state into the third phase.
J.D. Martinez, who is often the designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox, announced through a Zoom call with reporters yesterday that he is asthmatic. And he certainly seems nervous about playing games during a pandemic.