ILLINOIS (HOI) – On Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker made the announcement that face coverings will be required for all indoor recreation.
According to a press release from IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha, the new mask mandate applies to all IHSA fall sport practices and contests that are conducted indoors.
Swimmers and divers will not have to wear masks while competing, but must adhere at all other times.
The new mask mandate also applies to any winter or spring IHSA sports that may be conducting open gyms, general conditioning or weightlifting indoors.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson provided the following statement:
“Today’s announcement will not deter us from our mission of safely offering high school student-athletes in Illinois the opportunity to participate in sports and activities… Illinois high school student-athletes and coaches have been resilient in dealing with myriad mitigations and unexpected changes over the past year. We hope all Illinoisans do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 so we can quickly move beyond this and remove masks from indoor athletic events.”
-IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson
Wednesday’s announcement has not impacted the IHSA calendar for any sports.