The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) announced on Feb. 9 that certain guidelines have been waived or updated.

The release said that the WIAA has advocated for a number of changes to the COVID-19 education-based activity guidelines while working with both the governor’s office and state department of health in recent weeks.

The new updates include:

• League play for school sports that cross state borders has been included as essential travel. However, schools may not cross state borders for non-league competitions as that has been considered non-essential.

• There has been a change to the masking policy for cross country races. The updates refer schools to the races, non-motorized and motorized guidelines issued by the governor’s office. This update will allow students to drop their masks once a race begins. Cross country meets should follow all of the guidelines, including starting procedures outlined in that document, but will still be limited to 200 people in both phases.

• Gymnasts may remove their masks and facial coverings only when they are competing or practicing on equipment.

• In Phase 2, facilities or complexes with more than one field or area of play may have a maximum of 75 people allowed per field or area of play, including spectators.

For more information on guidelines and seasons visit WIAA.com/covid.

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