OHA changes mask rule for non-contact sports


FILE – A student athlete runs a drill during a strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Texas will play high school football this fall, but some of it will be delayed, fans will be limited and masks will be required as the state fights a surge in new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and fatalities. The University Interscholastic League on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 released its guidelines for Texas public high school fall sports, pushing back the start of the football and volleyball seasons for the largest schools by one month into late September and extending the football championships for those schools into January. (AP Photo/LM Otero, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon released new statewide mask guidance on Monday, including a provision allowing those participating in non-contact sports to not wear a mask if they are distanced six feet.

“The Oregon Health Authority regularly reviews COVID-19 guidance based on medical evidence and evolving science. OHA has revised the current guidance on the use of masks outdoors during competition. The guidance allows people to take off face coverings when competing in non-contact sports outdoors and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others and the other virus protective protocols,” OHA said in a statement.

New Oregon mask guidance

  • The exception will not apply while training and conditioning for these sports or for competitions.
  • The exception will not apply before and after competing

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