I agree with all of this. At a meet, it really makes no difference if the girls you are competing against wear masks when they are in their gym. If they have covid, regardless of where they contracted it from, they would be equally contagious. All the meets we have been to have done a good job or really not having the teams near each other and of following all the expected safety protocols. I feel like they are as safe as they really can be.
Anyway, our gym didn't require masks at first. They did have a long list of things they were doing to keep everyone safe, but felt masks were too restrictive. However, when regulations got stricter, they started requiring masks for the coaches/parents/workers at all time and for the gymnasts at all times except when actively training in order to comply. I think it's fine and the girls have all adapted. At meets they've been to, they have had to wear masks during warms ups and in between events, but not on events. It's all been fine. We have a few parents that weren't comfortable attending meets, so they chose to sit this season out rather than be in that environment, which I totally respect. I haven't heard of any outbreaks because of these meets, but I understand why they were concerned.
But there are some really, really judgy people out on the internet (I'm mainly talking about on reddit and twitter) that seem to post only about how awful everyone is for competing at meets. Every college meet is dissected and analyzed for mask compliance and physical contact (how dare they bump knuckles!). Every instagram post by an elite gymnast is being scrutinized and, rather than commenting on their talent and skills, people are complaining because that one girl in the background has her mask around her chin. Many people say that there should be no meets (jo, college or elite) going on and that they have lost all respect for xx team or individual because, for example, they waited 5 seconds to put their mask on after vault. It's all just too much for me. I mean, let's be real. These girls train together for 20+ hours a week. In college, they probably room together, eat together, etc. They are tested constantly and follow all the required rules for quarantining when needed. I haven't read of any huge outbreaks among gymnasts. I believe in being cautious and careful, but I think every gym has to do what they think is right and what is in compliance with their area and rules. If someone has a problem with how their own gym is handling masks, then they should definitely complain to their gym. But I don't see how the constant need to judge how other gyms and families are doing things is helpful. Just my opinion, and again, I'm not necessarily talking about anyone here, but just all the comments I am constantly reading all over the internet.