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Gov. Wolf announces spectator limit plans

Times Observer File Photo by Steve Younger Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday eased crowd limits with sliding scale tied to capacity.

MECHANICSBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday changes in the spectator limits that will have an impact upon Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association-member schools, leagues, conferences and districts hosting athletic events.

Following are the maximum occupancy calculators:

INDOOR EVENTS

¯ If the maximum occupancy is 0-2,000 people, the allowable indoor rate is 20% of maximum occupancy.

¯ If the maximum occupancy is 2,001-10,000 people, the allowable indoor rate is 15% maximum occupancy.

¯ If the maximum occupancy is more than 10,000 people, the allowable indoor rate is 10% of maximum occupancy up to 3,750 people.

OUTDOOR EVENTS

¯ If the maximum occupancy is 0-2,000 people, the allowable outdoor rate is 25% of maximum occupancy

¯ If the maximum occupancy is 2,001-10,000 people, the allowable outdoor rate is 20% of maximum occupancy.

¯ If the maximum occupancy is more than 10,000 people, the allowable outdoor rate is 15% of maximum occupancy up to 7,500 people.

According to a press release from the PIAA, schools and venues must require attendees to comply with 6-foot social distancing requirements, to wear masks or face coverings and to implement best practices, such as timed entry, multiple entry and exit points, multiple restrooms and hygiene stations.

These changes, the release notes, will assist schools in allowing parents and guardians to view their school sports program while complying with safety standards.

“Discussion with your school board and local solicitor may be appropriate so that each school considers all relevant factors in making its own decision to how many spectators to admit for a contest. The attendance of families at contests for support and supervision is important and that permitting this to occur should be a priority in setting limits,” the release said.

Gary Weber, the director of administrative support services for the Warren County School District, noted that the district will “most likely” maintain the outdoor attendance procedures that have been in place.

“We are in the process of reviewing the indoor attendance based on seating capacity,” he said. “We will also take a look at the outdoor, but I think what we are doing will be applicable based on the new guidelines.”

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Times Observer reporter Brian Ferry contributed to this report.

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