Salmon River’s Alina Sherman runs home in the second inning against Potsdam. Evan Wheaton/Malone Telegram

MALONE – Masks and other face coverings are no longer required for outdoor athletic events, according to a press release from Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES.

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo previously released official guidance allowing staff and student-athletes the option to not wear masks for outdoor sporting events. All 24 school districts that make up Section 10 have adopted these new rules for the remainder of the school year.

All mask and face covering requirements have been dropped for athletes, coaches, officials, event personnel and spectators at all outdoor Section 10 athletic events.

While 6-foot social distancing is still encouraged, there is also no longer a two-person spectator limit per student-athlete, and gate lists are no longer required.

“With the weather getting warmer, we’re all glad to be able to get rid of masks during games,” Section 10 Executive Director Carl Normandin said.

School districts still are required to follow rules for capacity limits. No updates to guidance for indoor Section 10 athletic events have been given at this time.

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