When Should Cloth Face Coverings Be Worn?

  1. Cloth face coverings should be worn by coaches, officials, spectators, and volunteers.

  2. All individuals should wear a cloth face covering when arriving to or departing from an athletic facility, because physical distancing is often difficult.

  3. All athletes should wear a cloth face mask when on the sidelines, and physical distancing should be followed.

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In some cases, cloth face coverings may cause safety concerns, and adaptations or alternatives should be considered. The World Health Organization does not recommend use of a cloth face covering during vigorous exercise, and the CDC cautions that some people who are engaged in high-intensity activity may not be able to wear a cloth face covering.

  1. When non-vigorous exercise is being performed and physical distancing is not possible, a cloth face mask should be worn. 

  2. Cloth face coverings should not be worn in activities where they could pose an injury risk as a result of catching on equipment or accidently impairing vision during performance of sport (eg, gymnastics, cheer). 

  3. Special considerations may be appropriate when there is an increased risk of heat-related illness.

  4. AGES 5 AND UNDER ARE EXEMPT