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Can schools conduct indoor sports and activities safely?

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, loves the indoor environment. JCDHE is not recommending schools allow athletics and activities where risk cannot be mitigated, including sports that produce excessive exhalation, require close physical contact, and do not allow for masks. If these activities are allowed, schools should take adequate risk reduction precautions, including masking, cohorting teams, testing to quickly identify infections, not allowing spectators or limiting spectator attendance to immediate family members, and monitoring for symptoms. JCDHE will continue to work with schools to prevent secondary transmission and respond as necessary. Our mitigation efforts continue to depend on a mask mandate, public education and our community members following public health advice to wear masks, physical distance and other measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19.