TAYLOR COUNTY—According to a not-so popular announcement on Friday by the WVSSAC that attendance at high school sporting events will be extremely limited this fall due to COVID-19 precautions, fans in the stands will essentially be limited to immediate family members of athletes and players.
The exact number of fans granted admission will be contingent on each county’s color-coded status in accordance with the COVID-19 metrics map released by the governor on August 15th.
If a county is labeled green, only immediate household members of athletes and coaches will be permitted for all sports.
If a county is labeled yellow, entrance to events will be limited to parents of athletes and coaches’ spouses only in the sports of football, cheerleading, soccer, and volleyball. For cross country and golf, immediate household members of athletes and coaches will still be permitted to attend.
If a county is labeled either orange or red, no sporting events will be allowed to take place.
The WVSSAC has stated that immediate family and household members who are granted access will have to secure their tickets in advance and has recommended that schools set up a system, possibly electronic, for the presale of tickets. If that is the case, fans would only be allowed to attend games if they show their pre-bought ticket at the gate.
Fans will also be required to wear face coverings if social distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings at indoor events, such as volleyball and cheerleading, will be required regardless of social distancing guidelines.
WVSSAC Director Bernie Dolan has stated that his organization is working with its member schools to provide more accessible and affordable live streaming options for fans who will not be able to attend games this fall. However, as of August 24th, there has not been a formal announcement regarding the possible options.
In addition to the above requirements, other recommendations include:
• Separate entrances and restrooms for home and visitor spectators, if possible.
• Revised concession sales practices in accordance with guidelines from the local health department.
• Permitting media members but limiting press box seating to essential personnel only.
• Frequent announcements regarding social distancing and face coverings.
Guidelines regarding attendance will be revisited after the second week of contests, which end on Saturday, September 12th.