The Pasco County School District recently announced a new set of rules that allows for more spectators at school sporting events.
The new rules allow 50% capacity at all outdoor athletic events, while indoor
athletic events are now limited to four spectators for each athlete and coach (double the number of spectators previously allowed).
The new rules officially went into effect last month.
Rules regarding masks have not changed, meanwhile.
At outdoor events, spectators and audience members still will be required to wear masks while entering and leaving the venue, and when leaving their seats to visit the concession stand or restroom. Masks are not required while spectators are seated at the event. Spectators and audience members still will be required to maintain appropriate social distance with anyone other than direct family members.
The revised rules were established after Pasco County experienced a marked decrease in local COVID-19 cases and infection rates, and following consultation with the Pasco Department of Health.
“We want parents and friends to be able to attend school events, so long as it can be done safely,” Pasco Superintendent of School Kurt Browning said, in a release. “With all decisions we make, our first priority is the health and safety of our student, staff, and families.”