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2021 Back to the Diamonds Guidelines

By dp, 05/06/21, 5:30PM CDT

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The latest and greatest from Minnesota Department of Health.

Recommendations for sports taking place outdoors

Physical distancing is recommended for participants who are not playing (e.g., on the bench, in the dugout, on the sideline, in locker rooms, attending team meetings, and other similar situations).

Follow guidance requirements for the venue or event setting

If spectators and participants can be clearly separated by at least 12 feet, then participants do not need to be included in the total occupancy count.

Additional recommendations for venues and event settings

  • Stagger game and practice times to avoid crowding and congestion when participants are arriving, playing, and leaving.
  • Remind parents and athletes to stay socially distant when waiting for entry to the facility.
  • Post instructions for patrons throughout the venue or event setting and at entrances that inform patrons of the following:
    • Not to enter if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
    • The venue’s attendance limits.
    • That they are required to adhere to hygiene and social distancing instructions, should not cluster at entry or exit points, observe signage and markings that promote social distancing.
    • That they are required to follow the venue’s requirements for wearing face coverings.

Outdoor face covering recommendations

  • Face coverings are recommended for participants in outdoor organized sports activities when social distancing cannot be maintained. Participants should consider testing weekly if not masking during practice or play.
  • Face coverings are recommended for spectators in outdoor venues with less than 500 spectators in attendance.

Multi-team (more than two teams) events and tournaments

MDH strongly recommends against holding tournaments or sporting events that will bring teams together from different states or from outside your local area. If teams choose to host multi-team events, the following guidelines apply.

Important risk considerations

Playing teams from different regions and states

There may be an increased risk of COVID-19 when participating in sports, and COVID-19 activity may be different in different regions of the state, also contributing to a possible increase in risk.

Traveling out of state or to different regions of the state to participate in sports activities is strongly discouraged. However, if people or teams are considering traveling to other regions or states to participate in sports, they should be aware of COVID-19 activity in that area to inform their decision. Additionally, the Governor’s Executive Order recommends people quarantine and test upon return from out of state travel.