Sports quarantine clarification from Minnesota Department of Health.
As students return to school, we would like to clarify that our sports quarantine guidance is in alignment with school quarantine guidance. General MDH quarantine options include the following;
Our general quarantine guidance states that individuals may resume normal activities after stopping quarantine. However, individuals (whether in school or sports activities) who meet the criteria for a shortened quarantine are still recommended to maintain social distancing (6 feet) through day 14, even if they are released from quarantine prior to that. For sports activities that involve close contact, and for many in-person learning activities as well, maintaining 6 feet of social distancing is challenging.
Because schools are able to choose a shortened quarantine and resume normal activities even if students are unable to maintain social distancing through day 14, sports activities may also be allowed to do the same. This option carries additional risk of transmission, and it is important that school and sports administrators understand that they are choosing to assume this risk. Some school and sports administrators may have different quarantine requirements. Communication is necessary between parents and school/sports administrators to make sure all quarantine requirements are adhered to.
A shortened quarantine period may be considered for return to play:
If any of the three criteria above are not met, the person would need to complete a 14 day quarantine and may not return to play early.
If and only if all of the above conditions are true, quarantine may be shortened to:
Athletes who were exposed in sports activities WHEN NOT WEARING A MASK must complete a 14 day quarantine prior to returning to sports (return on day 15). Note: These individuals may be able to complete a shorter quarantine period (i.e., returning to school) as allowed in other settings.
After stopping quarantine: