(WFXR) — On Friday, Seminole District principals and athletic directors met to discuss Gov. Ralph Northam’s Executive Order 72 with regard to the updated guidance on spectators for recreational sports.
The following statement was shared with WFXR News on behalf of the Seminole District principals on Monday, April 26:
As we have progressed through this pandemic the committee has aligned with all Governor’s Orders and their updates. The committee has again adhered to this practice while establishing guidelines for Spring Sports for the Seminole District.
The current Governor’s Order 72 allows for no more than 500 spectators to attend outdoor Spring Sports. The total number of spectators cannot exceed any of the following: the lesser of 30 percent of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue, or 500 spectators per field. (Most of the capacities for softball, baseball, and tennis venues are under the 500 spectators capacity).
The update to Governor’s Order 72 that takes place on 5/15/2021 increases capacity and allows for no more than 1000 spectators to attend outdoor Spring Sports. The total number of spectators cannot exceed any of the following: the lesser of 50 percent of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue, or 1000 spectators per field. (Most of the capacities for softball, baseball, and tennis venues are under the 1000 spectators capacity)
To stay in compliance with these regulations, and to increase the opportunity for families to see their children compete, the principals have agreed to allow home and away guests to all Spring sporting events under a 70:30 ratio. 70% of the available tickets will be available for home guests and 30% will be reserved for away guests. Once the updated Governor’s Orders take effect on 5/15/2021 the number of available tickets within that 70:30 ratio will increase. Because tickets are limited guests will have to be added to the guest list by the student’s coach. Each school will inform their families about their process for receiving tickets. Games are not open to the general public.
● Home and away spectators will be allowed for Spring sports.
● Schools will determine how to invite spectators to home and away events and will communicate the invitation process with their school communities.
● 70% of the available tickets will be reserved for invited Home spectators and 30% will be reserved for invited away spectators.
● Each school will follow all requirements of the current and future Governor’s Order and guidelines presented by the Virginia High School League (VHSL).
● All other protocols such as mask-wearing and social distancing are still in place and must be adhered to by all spectators.
● Spectating from parking lots of other areas outside of the playing fields is not permitted.
The committee’s decision to allow away spectators is because we recognize that these athletes and their families lost their entire season due to last year’s school closure. Providing a safe environment for our students and community remains our top priority. We also realize the importance of providing as much opportunity as possible for families to support their children at athletic events. We hope that our Spring guidelines provide a healthy balance between the two.Seminole District Principals