Chapel Hill, North Carolina According to an email sent by the NC Middle School Sports Association to its member schools, the association will require student athletes participating in indoor sports to use masks.
Effective immediately, all personnel participating in indoor skill development meetings must wear masks at all times, including athletes, coaches and support personnel.
The task will be extended to volleyball practice and competition from next week. Even if participating in the competition, all volleyball players must wear masks.
The email said: “A student suffering from a physical illness will be prohibited from wearing a mask during the competition and needs to obtain a medical certificate from a licensed physician, nurse or practicing assistant.”
These changes are based on the recommendations of the NCHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the opinions of the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Physicians from the NCHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee suggest that some students may find it easier to breathe with disposable masks compared to cloth masks.
NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said: “It’s a bit like volleyball. There is space between players, but volleyball is played indoors. We have advised players to wear face masks if they can be tolerated.” COVID-19 press conference. “I support wearing masks as much as possible, especially in occasions like indoor volleyball.”
On Wednesday, the NCHSAA notified its members that it may soon implement mask authorization.
Previous NCHSAA guidance requires athletes to always wear masks unless they are actively engaged in sports activities. Some schools and districts have planned to equip volleyball players with masks.
The NCHSAA said Wednesday that it has received “several reports” of volleyball teams being quarantined. The association said on Thursday that this will affect the arrangement of volleyball matches, which will start next week.
The NCHSAA told committee members on Thursday: “We must take all possible measures to mitigate the continued spread of COVID-19, and we believe the above steps will help these efforts.”