Lamont cancels plan that would have allowed Connecticut high school athletes to remove masks – Torrington Register Citizen

High school athletes, coaches and sports officials in Connecticut will have to continue wearing masks during indoor competition as COVID cases continue to rise statewide, a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday.

Initial plans called for students competing indoors during the winter season to be able to remove masks for competition if vaccinated as of Dec. 23. But due to a spike in COVID cases, those plans have been paused.

“We had said when this guidance was released that the rules would change subject to a fluid and dynamic COVID situation,” Lamont’s spokesman Max Reiss said. “And with cases surging, we want to continue to provide the most protection possible for students, staff and those involved with high school athletics.”

Connecticut’s COVID infection rate reported Wednesday was the highest for a seven day average since the state began broad testing last year. There were 3,366 new cases discovered Wednesday, resulting in a daily positivty rate of 8.93 percent. The seven-day average reached 7.78 percent.

The state’s daily positivity rate had dipped as low as 1.52 percent on Oct. 29, but has been on a steady climb since then.

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school athletics, was poised as recently as Wednesday to move ahead with athletes, officials and coaches removing masks beginning Thursday. CIAC Director Glenn Lungarini told a Hearst Connecticut reporter, prior to the decision from the governor’s office, that he expected some schools would continue wearing masks no matter vaccination status once the requirement was dropped.

When asked about the timing of the announcement Lungarini said “this was a late-afternoon decision. Since March of 2020, we have adjusted when necessary and when provided new information and today is a continuation of that practice.

“As stated previously if DPH modified any of its guidance, the CIAC would change to align with those modifications,” Lungarini said. “We have come to appreciate and understand that everybody involved in making a decision around youth sports is focused on providing as many safe opportunities as possible.”

The original plan also came with a number of caveats. For instance, referees were allowed to remove masks for basketball and hockey games, but had to continue wearing them, no matter their vaccine status, for other winter sports. Also, if a vaccinated athlete came in close contact with someone who tested positive, the athlete would be required to wear a mask. All personnel at basketball and hockey arenas, officials included, will need to continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future.


Winter sports include basketball, hockey, indoor track and field, wrestling, gymnastics, boys swimming, and cheer/dance.

Wrestlers, swimmers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, dancers and those track and field athletes throwing, jumping or doing lifts and stunts have been able to compete without masks since the start of the regular season. They will be permitted to continue to do so, according to Lungarini. Once they are finished, however, they are required to put their mask back on.

A letter was sent to member schools last week because “we saw an issue with athletic teams not complying with the masking requirements,” Lungarini …….

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High school athletes, coaches and sports officials in Connecticut will have to continue wearing masks during indoor competition as COVID cases continue to rise statewide, a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday.

Initial plans called for students competing indoors during the winter season to be able to remove masks for competition if vaccinated as of Dec. 23. But due to a spike in COVID cases, those plans have been paused.

“We had said when this guidance was released that the rules would change subject to a fluid and dynamic COVID situation,” Lamont’s spokesman Max Reiss said. “And with cases surging, we want to continue to provide the most protectio…….

High school athletes, coaches and sports officials in Connecticut will have to continue wearing masks during indoor competition as COVID cases continue to rise statewide, a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday.

Initial plans called for students competing indoors during the winter season to be able to remove masks for competition if vaccinated as of Dec. 23. But due to a spike in COVID cases, those plans have been paused.

“We had said when this guidance was released that the rules would change subject to a fluid and dynamic COVID situation,” Lamont’s spokesman Max Reiss said. “And with cases surging, we want to continue to provide the most protectio…….

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