LINCOLN – As the first spring competition in two years is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks, COVID-19 guidelines were put in place by the Nebraska School Activities Association.
According to a release from the NSAA, these guidelines went into place on March 1.
For all spring activities the NSAA has set requirements for schools, officials and spectators.
They include active participants are permitted, but not required to wear a face covering during competition/performance; spectators are required to wear a face covering for entrance to all activities as face coverings may be removed if outside and six feet of physical distance can be maintained; face coverings must cover the nose and mouth and follow all local/state DHM’s for spectator attendance. The host school may establish additional requirements in consultation with local health departments as requirements implemented by the host school must be the same for all schools, officials, judges and spectators.
Recommended protocols for spring contest hosts:
Coaches and non-active participants are encouraged to wear a face covering at all times; create separate points of entry and seating for home and visitor teams/spectators; provide no concessions or separate/multiple concessions; provide separate/multiple restrooms; ensure physical distancing of six feet at concessions and restrooms; communicate availability of locker room space for the opposing team and officials as well as implement diligent and effective cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched objects and surfaces.
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.
Each school will have the authority to determine if it will participate in the 2021 spring season. Member schools, in consultation with their local health departments, shall be responsible for determining whether a scheduled game, match, contest or other activity is canceled or postponed due to a COVID-19 related issue.
Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic are constantly changing and vary from community to community. These 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 continues to remain the priority of the NSAA as they provide opportunities to participate in the spring sports season.