Guidance for Media and Radio Services
Broadcast, print and digital media play an important role in a safe return to school-based athletics and activities for Fall 2020. The ability to keep family, friends and communities informed remains as important as ever. As always, schools are encouraged to accommodate credentialed and/or verified media.To help insure the safety of all, the MHSAA and MHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee jointly provide the following guidance for media activities:
- Media should be included under the same screening policies as school personnel and fans entering the stadium or athletic facility. Media should not enter MHSAA facilities if they are showing symptoms or have been exposed to those with COVID-19
- Masks, hand hygiene, and basic cleaning of touched surfaces will be essential to preventing transmission. Media should be prepared to wear a mask at all times other than when broadcasting on-air, including during set up times, breaks and while breaking down equipment.
- Recognizing that media locations are often in small or confined areas, pre-planning will be essential to limiting the chances of COVID spread in these areas. The MHSAA asks all media to touch base with an administrator from the host school at least 72 hours before game time to secure arrangements
- When not possible to move to outside areas, it is recommended that broadcasters be separated by a plastic or plexiglass partition in order to reduce the risk of unintentional droplet spread