KTSM 9 El Paso reported that the New Mexico Public Education Department’s updated guidance includes “indoor sports is 100% mask wearing” According to the report, “Outdoor sports, including football, has now been changed back to recommended mask wearing. The change in language comes just hours after the PED issued the mandate.”
The updated mandate came after conflicting information came out regarding the masking of student-athletes.
The Albuquerque Journal’s James Yodice, previously heard on Tuesday from at least three coaches that “Prep football players in NM will be in masks going forward, games and practices, and it doesn’t matter if they’ve been vaccinated or not. In the spring, doable. In the heat of the summer? Oy.”
According to Coach Adam Kedge of Albuquerque Academy, who was previously informed that outdoor mask-wearing was mandatory, told DyeStat, “We were moving forward. Now, I get this bombshell.”
“We all know the numbers in the United States have taken a turn for the worst, but as I stated to you, Doug months ago, we are a rural state with, you know, hundreds of thousands… of square miles with a low population. What’s the best thing to do? It’s to be outside exercising in the nice, clear air.”
Regarding how he will break the news of the mandates to his students, Kedge said, “I hope I can hold them together, honestly.”