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Springfield, IL 62704

Updated IESA/IDPH Athletics Guidelines

August 11, 2021

Good morning!  I wanted to pass along some recently released information.  IDPH has posted its updated Sports Safety Guidance.

Key takeaways:
-       Outdoor sports: Regardless of vaccination status, individuals may engage in training, competition, and other active exercises without wearing a mask for all sports played outdoors, except where required by-laws, rules, or regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
-       Indoor sports: For sports played indoors, individuals aged two years and older who can medically tolerate a mask, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing to the extent possible.  All spectators, regardless of vaccination status, should wear a mask in attendance at indoor youth sports events. All spectators must wear a mask if the event is held indoors in a public or nonpublic P-12 school setting.

The updated guidance can be accessed from the following link:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%2520Sports%2520Policy%252020210810.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1628775207591000&usg=AFQjCNHqBUbACG8Sjk0WFXXdCThMKkwL5g" href="http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%20Sports%20Policy%2020210810.pdf" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank"> http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%20Sports%20Policy%2020210810.pdf

FAQā?Ts have also been published and can be accessed from the following link:  http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%2520Sports%2520Policy_FAQs%252020210810.pdf&source=gmail&ust=1628775207591000&usg=AFQjCNGNVEerxXyDmRC-7_-fFoKF1CUvLg" href="http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%20Sports%20Policy_FAQs%2020210810.pdf" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank"> http://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/All%20Sports%20Policy_FAQs%2020210810.pdf

Please pass this information along to your coaching staff, parents, and officials.

Thank you and good luck this year!
Nicole Schaefbauer
Executive Director