SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois High School Association has decided to allow athletes who participate in “low risk” sports to take off their masks while competing. The change affects spring and summer sports including baseball, softball, tennis and track.
Players will still have to wear masks when on the bench, and officials will also have to be masked.
The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to recommend COVID-19 testing for student-athletes in high-risk sports. IDPH announced that the State of Illinois will fund optional testing for any school teams who wish to test their high-risk sports teams.
Current high-risk IHSA sports include football, boys lacrosse and wrestling. The IHSA will provide member schools with state testing contacts when that information is available from IDPH.
An updated version of the IDPH All-Sports Policy reflecting recent changes is available on the IHSA website.