Spectators will be allowed at high school indoor sporting events

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Catholic advice to empower fans, no word from GEDSB

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Athletes from local high schools are about to hear the roar of the crowds at indoor sporting events for the first time in more than 18 months.

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In a message sent to families early Monday evening, Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic School Board Chairman Rick Petrella announced that spectator participation will soon be permitted in high schools for indoor sporting events.

Spectators have not been allowed to attend indoor sporting events since school resumed in September and sport began for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Although exact details of the plan were not announced – the email said more information would be available in the coming days – it was explained that two people per athlete could attend matches as spectators.

Participants will need to follow public health guidelines, including an appropriate mask and government proof of double vaccination.

The statement noted that the safety of students, staff and the community is the board’s top priority in every decision it makes, but that the time has come to loosen the rules around spectators.

“This advice understands the challenges that the COVID-19 restrictions have posed to our Catholic community and (we) are committed to relaxing the restrictions in a timely manner, but only when it is deemed safe to do so,” the statement said. Petrella.

The move comes as some teams from the Athletic Association of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk have started the playoffs while others will do so next week.

The Grand Erie District School Board has not made any announcements regarding spectators being allowed to watch games indoors.

A message has been sent to the Director of Communications and Community Relations at GEDSB.

Visit http://www.bhncdsb.ca/ for the full Catholic School Board news release.


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