Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced the ease of some restrictions in the State that will allow in person sports activities to resume. The Minnesota State High School League has issued a statement offering further guidance.

In the announcement from MSHSL, they say that practices may resume for winter sports and activities beginning on January 4, 2021. They've had a flexible scheduling model in place in anticipation of the eased restrictions. Member schools can begin practices also at a later date if it "better aligns" with their school district's COVID-19 safety plan.

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Gymnastics, Basketball, Hockey, Wrestling, Swimming & Diving, Nordic, and Alpine Skiing all can resume practices on January 4. Adapted Floor Hockey can begin it's training season as well.

MSHSL encourages students and staff to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and to "maintain the highest standard of health and safety both in and outside of school." They further add that students and staff must share the responsibility of reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

There is still no word on when competitions can resume. They will offer further guidance and updates.

In Governor Walz's announcement yesterday it was pointed out that organized sports activities are not directly tied to county case data. The Minnesota State High School League will continue to work with the Minnesota Department of Health and the League's Medicine Advisory board with further updates on safety and activities.

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