NYSPHSAA clarifies capacity limits for high school sporting events

Fans partially fill the bleachers for the first football game of the season at Shenendehowa High School on March 19.
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Fans partially fill the bleachers for the first football game of the season at Shenendehowa High School on March 19.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that it has received clarification from state officials allowing 500 spectators at outdoor athletic events, retroactive to Monday, and 250 spectators at indoor events, starting May 19.

In a memo to section executive directors, NYSPHSAA executive director Robert Zayas said he received correspondence from state officials that clarifies the guidance for school sports spectators, which are limited to the greater of two spectators per participant or 500 individuals outdoors/100 indoors (which will increase to 250 indoors on May 19).

In the memo, Zayas also clarified that schools districts and sections have the authority to be more restrictive than the gathering limits set by the state Department of Health, including limiting spectator capacity and determining who is permitted access to district facilities.

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