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MHSAA COVID-19 guidelines include mask mandate

Meridian High School working out in mask.
Meridian High School working out in mask.(WTOK- Travis Pettis)
Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 5:02 PM CDT
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CLINTON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi High School Activities Association released its safety guidelines and considerations as it pertains to COVID-19 for fall sports.

Here are some of their guidelines and considerations:

Stadiums/Gyms:

No mask, no entry.

Contest:

In the event any contest is not played during the regular season, the game will be forfeited by the team whose school is not participating, and the other team will be awarded a “win”. In this case, no fines or forfeitures will be assessed.

Dressing Rooms:

Sanitize before and after each use.

The size of the facility should be large enough for social distancing.

In the event, any contest is not played during the regular season the game will be forfeited game by the team whose school is not participating, and the other team will be awarded a “win”. In this case, no fines or forfeitures will be assessed.

Football Rules Considerations:

The team box may be extended on both sides of the field to the 10-yard lines (for players only) in order for more social-distancing space for the teams.

The ball should be cleaned and sanitized throughout the contest as recommended by the ball manufacturer.

Do not share uniforms, towels and other apparel and equipment.

No handshakes during pre-game or post-game.

Volleyball Rules Considerations:

Suspend the protocol of teams switching benches between sets. In the event there is a clear and distinct disadvantage, teams may switch sides, observing all social distancing protocols. Officials will determine if a disadvantage is present.

Cross Country Considerations:

Runners stay with their school; no socializing between schools.

Race start times should be staggered to allow for social distancing.

Host schools should specifically mark off areas for teams to set up their team camp, distancing, spectator, registration, athletic trainer, etc. for distancing purposes

To prevent the gathering of athletes, parents and fans, results will not be posted; all results should be posted on MS.MileSplit.com by the host school as soon as possible after the meet.

For the complete list of guidelines and considerations click here.

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