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EVSC implementing COVID plan for fall sports

Published: Aug. 10, 2021 at 5:37 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Now that students are heading back to class, EVSC officials are looking at how to handle the season as COVID-19 cases rise.

This time last year, tickets were limited for all sporting events.

EVSC Athletic Director Andy Owen says, for now, there is no limit on capacity for outdoor stadiums.

“If we can continue to do what we’re supposed to do, there are not any capacity issues at this time outside,” Owen said.

While fans will be back in the stands, EVSC schools ask those in attendance to follow social distancing guidelines, keeping to families and wearing masks in indoor locations.

“We still need to be able to identify close contacts,” Owen said. “We’re asking families to sit socially distanced in the stadium. Social distance while in there, enjoy the game, and know your close contacts.”

Student athletes will not have to wear a mask while playing, but athletes on the bench, as well as coaches and fans, are required to mask up during indoor sporting events. According to Owen, the indoor mandate follows the preventative measures taken by both the county and EVSC.

”Our community here in Evansville takes a lot of pride in its sports, especially its high school sports.” Owen said. “The most important thing are those student athletes on the court. For them to be able to continue to do what they love, they’re going to have to follow these guidelines and recommendations.”

With high school fall sports underway, those COVID protocols are in effect.

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