MDH also talked about the MSHSL’s decision to bring football and volleyball seasons back to the fall.
Malcolm said there’s always a level of risk with sports, particularly those with closer contact. She noted that the pandemic will determine what course the seasons take but said it’ll be important for everyone involved to follow state guidance, and she added that MDH will continue to talk with schools about that. It’s also important to note that spectators for sporting events will be impacted by MDH’s guidance limiting gatherings this season, meaning fans will be very limited at events.
From a pure public health view, Malcolm said they’d prefer not to risk more transmission by playing sporting events. However, they know the activities are very important to students and their communities, and many of the activities are outside. She said she hopes people continue to follow the risk mitigation guidelines.
Malcolm also said they can’t forecast the level of risk down the…