SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) announced Thursday that masks will be required for any indoor activities for students and coaches this fall.
For fall sports, that could include indoor practices but also volleyball and cheerleading. The decision was made after Education Commissioner Jeff Riley officially placed a mask mandate for public schools on Wednesday.
22News talked with the athletic director for Chicopee Public Schools, Sean Mackin. He said they already were requiring masks for fall indoor sports. However, he said he’s glad to hear these rules will be in place across the state.
“We now know that everyone’s going to be masked up because there’s a lot of leg work. You know we’ve got to share documents. The athletic directors of different schools have to work together. It can be hectic and we have to say okay, what school is not wearing their masks and what their policy is… now we know,” said Mackin.
Masks will not be required for outdoor sports and will remain optional. The mandate will be reviewed again on October 1st.