SHS considering new sport event protocols

Monday, January 11, 2021

Gov. Reynolds lifts restrictions on attendance

With Gov. Kim Reynolds lifting the attendance restrictions on high school sporting events, Spencer and other high schools are charged with revisiting protocols ahead of scheduled basketball, wrestling and boys swimming events in the coming weeks.

Ahead of Reynold’s restriction release, Spencer athletes were limited to two tickets per athletic family, an even stricter allowance than the governor’s initially suggested two tickets per athlete. Now, with the crowd size opened up, district will be called on to create safety measures to meet the new plans going forward.

Spencer activities director Taylor Chapman indicated the district is working alongside other neighboring schools to establish a safe plan going forward.

“We are working on a plan for Spencer Schools and our home events will look like,” Chapman said. “We have a Lakes Conference meeting Wednesday, so hopefully something will come from that.

He continued, “We are fortunate enough to have time this week to figure it out, as we do not host any home events besides boys swimming tonight, which we have worked with the YMCA and they allow two spectators for the home team only.”

SHS teams are on the road this week, with the exception of boy’s swimming which hosted its meet at the Spencer Family YMCA.

Reynolds new proclamation last Thursday, maintained masks be worn by spectators at indoors sporting events and that social distancing be enforced, but as of Friday districts no longer had to limit attendance.

“The difficult part is going to be each school will be handling it differently, similar to the fall, so each event on the road will be on the hosting school to determine attendance restrictions,” Chapman said.

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