As the start of school comes closer and more people hope to
return to fields, courts and rinks, Massachusetts has new rules around amateur
sports set to take effect on Monday.
These guidelines are categorized into three tiers of risk
depending on the frequency of close contact involved: low, moderate and high
Low risk sports, which include tennis, swimming, golf and
cross country, may engage in all levels of activity because they require almost
no physical contact.
Football, basketball, lacrosse, wrestling and competitive
cheer have conversely been identified as high risk sports. These must be modified
to engage in practices, competitions and games by eliminating deliberate
contact, staying outside and wearing masks.
Moderate risk sports like track and field, baseball and
softball have similar restrictions as high risk ones.
Tournaments are not allowed for either moderate or high risk sports. You can read the full set of guidelines here.