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MPA: Athletes, spectators no longer need to wear face coverings outdoors

By Staff | Apr 28, 2021

Augusta — For the first time in more than a year, face covering will not be required for high school student-athletes or spectators at outdoor events, announced the Maine Principals' Association.

In a press release on Wednesday afternoon, April 28, the MPA, through Michael Burnham, executive director of the interscholastic division, announced based on the recent state announcement regarding the wearing of face masks at outdoor events, altered guidelines will be in place for those events overseen by the Maine Principals’ Association.

The organization added: "Please know that these recommendations fully align with the Maine Community Sport Guidelines that have been updated."

The following are the updated guidelines:

• Masks are not required for outdoor practices and competitions.

• Masks are recommended when six feet if physical distance is hard to maintain (e.g., athletes on the bench).

• Masks are required when individuals go indoors (for example, locker rooms, restrooms, or on a bus).

• Spectators are not required to wear a mask at outside events if they are able to maintain six feet of distancing.

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