LINCOLN – Throughout the December games and holiday tournaments, fan attendance to NSAA sporting events and activities has been limited to household family members along with the addition of grandparents. Well, Monday that changed for NSAA member schools.
According to a release from the Nebraska School Activities Association, the NSAA updated their guidelines.
After working with local health department leaders, Nebraska Department of Education and the Governor’s office, NSAA officials have gathered as much information as possible to make decisions that help them get to the end goal which is hosting state championships.
Attendance is now restricted to 50% of occupancy (following the Yellow Directed Health Measure). Active participants are still permitted, but not required to wear face coverings during competition or performances; coaches and non-active participants are required to wear face coverings at all times and spectators are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times while attending indoor events
The six feet of physical distance between household groups in stands and spectator areas is listed under the recommendation for winter contest hosts.
Host schools may establish additional requirements in consultation with their local health department as additional requirements implemented by the host school must be the same for all schools, officials, judges and spectators.
Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and vary from community to community. Difficult decisions will have to be made from week to week or even day to day. The health and safety of students, staff and local communities remain the priority of the NSAA as they provide opportunities to participate in the winter sports season.
Each school has the authority to determine if it will continue to participate in the 2020-21 Winter Season. During the season it will be the responsibility of the host school to provide administrative oversight and compliance with established COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with their local health departments and facilities.
The NSAA’s mission is to provide opportunities for kids to participate in activities and they feel these guidelines are in the best interest of everyone involved.