Mayor Winnecke, officials provide guidance on winter sporting events

Published: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:52 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2020 at 6:54 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, health and school leaders gave an update on the upcoming winter sports season.

EVSC Superintendent Dr. David Smith announces that indoor sports will have a limited capacity to two fans for each student-athlete. This restriction also applies to the Catholic Diocese and Evansville Christian School.

Officials say for swimming, there will not be spectators due to Lloyd Pool being too small for socially distancing. They say they are thinking of ways to stream it.

EVSC Athletic Director Andy Owen says cheerleaders will be allowed to be at games, but officials are still discussing if pep bands will be allowed.

These measures are being taken to help avoid larger gatherings, especially indoors where the spread of COVID-19 could be heightened.

“We know that when we’re inside, when we’re in large groups, the potential of spread of COVID-19 can increase,” Joe Gries with the Vanderburgh County Health Department said. “So limiting these events to those who can attend will drastically reduce our risk in these situations.”

For the EVSC and Catholic Diocese, the two-fan maximum rule will be followed throughout the middle and elementary school levels as well.

The sports affected include boys and girls basketball, wrestling, as well as swimming and diving.

You can watch Wednesday’s press conference in the video below.

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