Jan 20, 2021 9:52 PM

More fans to be allowed at winter high school sporting events in Kansas

Posted Jan 20, 2021 9:52 PM

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

Kansas high school athletic officials decided Wednesday to increase the limited number of guests at sporting events during the winter season.

Representatives from several Kansas school districts decided to increase the limit from two spectators to four per-athlete at events, as long as the venue can meet social distancing requirements.

Forty-six representatives voted in favor of the increase, and 27 opposed it.

The new rule takes effect Jan. 29. Local school districts can still make their own stricter limits on fans, based on their area’s health department guidelines, but they cannot make less limited restrictions than the KSHSAA.

The decision comes as winter sports like basketball and wrestling are halfway through their seasons.

KSHSAA also decided that postseason events, like playoffs and championships, can only allow the increase to four spectators per athlete as long as the venue’s occupancy limit is filled to a maximum of 50%.