Additional guidance on contact and non-contact sports events issued

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) has issued DPHSS Guidance Memo 2022-06, relative to additional guidance relative to contact and non-contact sports events.

DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2021-23 (RE: School Resumption of In-Person Learning for Pre­K to 12 Relative to Executive Order 2021-23) is still in effect. Thus, scholastic sports events are to follow the guidance outlined in that document, including vaccination and testing requirements.

DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2021-23 requires all coaches and participants sixteen (16) years plus one (1) month of age or older to show acceptable proof that they have received at least one shot of a recommended series of vaccination pursuant to DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2021- 24.

For non-scholastic contact and non-contact sports events, including as training and competitions, the organizers are responsible for ensuring coaches and participants who are twelve (12) years plus one (1) month of age and older are vaccinated, as defined in DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2022-05, to participate.

For both scholastic and non-scholastic sports events, a coach or a participant can be exempt from vaccination, provided, the person undergoes and submits proof of a negative COVID-19 test once weekly. Individuals who were recently diagnosed and recovered from COVID-19 with valid documented evidence pursuant to DPHSS Guidance Memorandum 2021-28, and show no symptoms of infection, may participate up to 90 days after the individual’s positive COVID-19 test.

For further questions, contact the Division of Environmental Health at 671-300-9579 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, or email To read DPHSS Guidance Memo 2022-06 in its entirety, CLICK HERE.

(JIC Release 867)