Carney Relaxes Mask Mandate For NCAA Athletes, Fans Not So Much

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Governor John Carney on Friday signed a revision to the COVID-19 emergency order, allowing the Division of Public Health (DPH) to approve alternative mitigation measures in place of the mask mandate for professional and NCAA athletes.

Fans, staff, and other attendees of indoor sporting events must still comply with the public mask requirement to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“This revision will allow competitions to move forward with a potential mask exemption only for professional and NCAA athletes,” said Governor Carney. “These organizations already have their own safety plans, which this revision recognizes. DPH will work closely with them to ensure they are protecting athletes and helping prevent the spread of this virus.”

The Division of Public Health (“DPH”) shall have the discretion to permit the use of alternate COVID-mitigation strategies in lieu of masks by (1) performers at performing arts venues during professional practices or performances, or (2) professional and NCAA athletes/sports teams while practicing or competing in a business or indoor space open to the public as part of their regular employment or team schedule, upon submission of a plan to Plans must consider how to prevent, reduce the spread of, and suppress COVID-19 in relation to any activity permitted under this paragraph. Plans may not be implemented until approved by DPH.

Source: State of Delaware

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