The New Hampshire track coach is fired for violating a high school’s mask mandate

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The high school track coach is fired for breaking the mask mandate when he let students run outside without a face covering

  • Brad Keyes said he was fired for violating the Pembroke Academy mask mandate
  • He said he let his track and field athletes run outside without a face mask
  • Keyes said he was informed by the Pembroke Athletic Director that during competitions ‘all athletes must wear masks at all races’
  • Those races include the ‘100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, 2 mile – plus long jump, triple jump and high jump’

A New Hampshire track coach said he was fired for violating the school’s mask mandate when he had students run outside without a face covering.

In a goodbye message to his high school athletes, Brad Keyes wrote, “I’ve been fired. I am not surprised. I have made my choice to speak out. They made theirs. My only regret is that I can’t be there every day to teach and encourage all my athletes. ‘

Keyes, who has coached at Pembroke Academy for the past four years, said the school requires student athletes to wear masks at track and field events, something he doesn’t fully agree with.

New Hampshire track coach Brad Keyes (pictured) said he was fired for violating the school's mask mandate when he had students run outside without a face covering

New Hampshire track coach Brad Keyes (pictured) said he was fired for violating the school’s mask mandate when he had students run outside without a face covering

Keyes, who has coached at the Pembroke Academy for the past four years, said the school requires student athletes to wear masks at track and field events, something he doesn't fully agree with.

Keyes, who has coached at the Pembroke Academy for the past four years, said the school requires student athletes to wear masks at track and field events, something he doesn't fully agree with.

Keyes, who has coached at the Pembroke Academy for the past four years, said the school requires student athletes to wear masks at track and field events, something he doesn’t fully agree with.

Keyes said he was informed by the Pembroke Athletic Director that at this spring’s track and field events, “ all athletes must wear masks at all races – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, 2 miles – plus long jump, triple jump, and high jump ‘.

“I’m not going to tell my kids to wear masks,” Keyes said NBC10 Boston“It has no other benefit than a bureaucrat saying somewhere, ‘Well, we did something to help the kids,’ when we haven’t.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for youth sports, athletes must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose to stop the spread.

This recommendation has been adopted by the state board for high school sports.

However, the CDC also notes that “ people who engage in high-intensity activities, such as running, may not be able to wear a mask if it causes breathing difficulties. Limit high-intensity sports indoors’.

Keyes agreed that masks make it difficult for athletes to breathe while running, even when outside. He called the rules’ arbitrary, meaningless, [and] badly thought ‘.

Brad Keyes

Brad Keyes

Keyes (pictured) said he was informed by the Pembroke Athletic Director that at this spring's track and field events, `` all athletes must wear masks at all races. ''

Keyes (pictured) said he was informed by the Pembroke Athletic Director that at this spring's track and field events, `` all athletes must wear masks at all races. ''

Keyes (left and right) said he was informed by the Pembroke Athletic Director that at this spring’s track and field events, “ all athletes must wear masks at all races – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, 2 miles – plus long jump, triple jump and high jump ‘

Keyes said masks make it difficult for athletes to breathe while running, even when outside.  He called the rules' arbitrary, meaningless, [and] badly thought '

Keyes said masks make it difficult for athletes to breathe while running, even when outside.  He called the rules' arbitrary, meaningless, [and] badly thought '

Keyes said masks make it difficult for athletes to breathe while running, even when outside. He called the rules’ arbitrary, meaningless, [and] badly thought ‘

Keyes said he now plans to start his own athletics club that will be available to everyone during the summer and fall.

DailyMail.com’s requests for comment to the director and athletics director of the Pembroke Academy were not immediately answered Wednesday morning.

In New Hampshire, Governor Chris Sununu’s emergency order requires people over the age of five to wear masks in all public areas, indoors and out, if they are unable to keep 6 feet away from people outside their households .

The order took effect on November 20, 2020 and has been extended until at least April 15, 2021.

New Hampshire announced 402 new cases of COVID on Tuesday.

According to the state health department, there were an average of 403 cases per day during the most recent seven-day period.

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