As playoffs begin tonight, Section X Athletics will no longer require masks at outdoor athletic events.

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has released official guidance that gives schools the option to allow staff and students to not wear masks while outside, all of the school districts within Section X have adopted those new rules for the last few weeks of school. Therefore, mask requirements will be dropped for all athletes, coaches, officials, event personnel and spectators at outdoor Section X events. There will also no longer be a two-spectator limit per athlete. Where Section X previously required athletes to provide names of spectators ahead of games, there will no longer be a need for a gate list.

Everyone is still encouraged to maintain 6 feet of distance from people outside of their household.

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

School districts will still need to follow rules for capacity limits at events.

About Franklin-Essex-Hamilton Board of Cooperative Educational Services:

Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES runs two educational centers as well as a handful of satellite classrooms, teaching technical education programs that prepare students for careers and alternative education programs that find paths to success for students who don’t thrive in a normal classroom setting. FEH BOCES also provides a variety of instructional support services, business services and a number of other services to the 10 school districts in its region: Brushton-Moira Central School, Chateaugay Central School, Lake Placid Central School, Long Lake Central School, Malone Central School, Raquette Lake Union Free School, St. Regis Falls Central School, Salmon River Central School, Saranac Lake Central School and Tupper Lake Central School.

About St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services:

St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES serves 18 school districts in St. Lawrence and Lewis Counties, New York, by providing cost-effective shared services, including career training for high-school students and adults, special education, alternative schools, technology education, and teacher training, as well as dozens of programs to expand educational opportunity and help districts operate more efficiently. The St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES is committed to building futures and creating meaningful, successful lives through education, collaboration, and partnerships. For more information, please visit www.sllboces.org

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