WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWTI) — Local school districts in the region are easing COVID restrictions for winter sports events.
Based on a spreadsheet shared on the Frontier League Facebook page on November 22, some school districts in the North Country will allow spectators, open concessions and allow student sections for winter sports seasons.
As of November 22, there is no limit on spectators for sporting events at Carthage, Copenhagen, Immaculate Heart Central, Sandy Creek and South Lewis school districts, however, masks must be worn.
Belleville Henderson will limit spectators to 13 groups of two and spectators will sit next to their player bench. General Brown is limiting two spectators per athlete and rosters with guests must be sent ahead of time. Lowville is restricting spectators for modified volleyball visiting teams, and limiting two spectators for all other sports. Sackets Harbor is also limiting visiting spectators to two.
Student sections will also be available at Beaver River, Belleville Henderson, Copenhagen, IHC, Lowville, Sackets Habor and South Lewis.
At this time, Indian River, Lowville, Lyme and Thousands Islands are the only school districts that confirmed that concessions will not be open.
The South Jefferson Central School District is also limiting the number of spectators for each sport. All are required to wear masks at sporting events. Students in grade eight or below must be accompanied by an adult. A breakdown of these restrictions is included in the chart below:
|Sport||Home Spectators||Away Spectators|
|JV and Varsity Basketball||6 per athlete||2 per athlete|
|JV and Varsity Volleyball||6 per athlete||2 per athlete|
|Varsity Wrestling||6 per athlete||2 per athlete|
|Varsity Boys Swimming||4 per athlete||None|
|Modified Boys Swimming||4 per athlete||None|
|Modified Volleyball||4 per athlete||None|
|Modified Wrestling||4 per athlete||None|
Additional school districts are expected to release COVID-19 guidance in the coming weeks.