MSHSL Issues Guidance On Sports Activities After Walz Restrictions
The Minnesota State High School League has issued guidance to schools and their activity departments after Governor Tim Walz set restrictions in place on November 18 as the state deals with a surge in COVID-19. In his address to the state on Wednesday night, Walz outlined the measures and restrictions that are being set for the next 4 weeks statewide.
In the order, all organized youth and adult sports activities are to stop. That includes practices, games, tournaments, and group workouts. The only sports related activities excluded are physical education instruction as part of academics, professional sports, and collegiate activities.
The Minnesota High School League is issuing guidance following the order for various sports. MSHSL has advised that section football play must finish late this Friday. Volleyball will also end it's season on Friday. There is some flexibility for games and scheduling this week with other restrictions. Regardless, all activities need to end by 11:59 PM on Friday November 20.
Dance is only in it's second week of participation, but it must also stop this Friday. That includes all in person activities, practices, and competitions. All other winter sports will have their seasons delayed due to Governor Walz's order.
The league expresses their regret that the activities need to stop in a press release. However, they do acknowledge the necessity with the rise in positive COVID-19 cases. They hope to return to in person activities again for winter sports and activities once the restrictions are lifted.