PED orientation for outdoor sports changes; confuses a lot in the process


It was a confusing afternoon for New Mexico coaches, players and parents. “The most important thing is I don’t want it to distract them from the task at hand, which is our first game. So they’re upset that they have to go back to a mask, ”said high school boys’ football coach Nick Madrid Highland High School. Madrid have learned that their players are expected to wear a mask an hour before the game. “I got word from my athletic director and he got word from the NMAA, New Mexico Activities Association, who I guess probably worked with the PED on this one,” Madrid said. The new requirement according to the PED Toolkit stated that those who participate in all outdoor sports should wear a mask to move forward. “It’s ridiculous. And I feel bad for the kids. They’re going to get dehydration, tired, and I don’t think it’s safe,” said Stephanie Davis, parent of a soccer player. But around 5 p.m., when many were playing outdoor sports with masks on, the PED changed its focus. “It will continue to be mask-wearing for everyone inside. And that’s what we do. We’ve had all that time. And for outdoor sports, whatever the color of the county, it would be recommended that there be a mass port, ”said Sally Marquez, executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association. Marquez said his organization will continue to follow PED’s sports guidelines. “What I need to do is focus on having our children participate. Our outdoor sports now meet CDC guidelines. regarding the recommended mask. And we hope to be able to complete the s aison, ”Marquez said. We contacted the DEP to try to understand why the changes were made in the middle of the day. We have not had an answer.

It was a confusing afternoon for New Mexico coaches, players and parents.

“The most important thing is I don’t want it to distract them from the task at hand, which is our first game. So they’re upset that they have to go back to a mask, ”said high school boys’ football coach Nick Madrid Highland High School.

Madrid have learned that their players are expected to wear a mask an hour before the game.

“I got word from my athletic director and he got word from the NMAA, New Mexico Activities Association, who I guess probably worked with the PED on this one,” Madrid said.

The new requirement according to the PED Toolkit stated that those who participate in all outdoor sports should wear a mask in the future.

“It’s ridiculous. And I feel bad for the kids. They’re going to get dehydration, tired, and I don’t think it’s safe,” said Stephanie Davis, parent of a soccer player. .

But around 5 p.m., when many were playing outdoor sports with masks on, the PED changed its focus.

“He will continue to be the mask for everyone inside. And that’s what we’ve had all this time. And for outdoor sports, whatever the color of the county, it would be recommended that there be a mass port, ”said Sally Marquez, executive director of the New Mexico Activities Association.

Marquez said his organization will continue to follow PED’s sports guidelines.

“What I have to do is focus on having our children participate. Our outdoor sports now meet CDC guidelines for the recommended mask. And we hope to be able to finish the season, ”Marquez said.

We contacted the DEP to try to understand why the changes were made in the middle of the day.

We have not had an answer.


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