Covid-19 & Spectators At Chelan County School Athletic Events

CHELAN, WA—- February 16th, 2021 —-

The Chelan County school districts recently announced that no spectators will be permitted to attend high school athletic events due to COVID-19 restrictions. This decision will provide time to evaluate the effectiveness of physical distancing and safety protocol changes developed to allow a safe return to sports first and foremost for the students playing in our school athletic programs.

The Lake Chelan School District will begin with no spectators to acclimate our school with the new mitigation strategies for team, cheerleaders, officials, medical personnel and event staff, and reduce the chances that schedules may be impacted by inadvertent exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

The schools in Chelan County feel that this is necessary to prevent the unnecessary gathering of crowds and the spread that occurs when crowds gather. We also feel that this is a reasonable compromise that will be effective in keeping infection rates under control while allowing our student-athletes to perform in the programs they enjoy. Our hope is that this is a temporary strategy. It is within our control to bring the infection rate down and to keep our students, staff and community safe and healthy.

This decision applies only to the first two weeks (Feb. 22nd – March 7th) of the upcoming fall sports season. Separate decisions will be made as we continue to monitor local health data, health mitigation strategies and other factors. Chelan High School, and several other regional schools, have made a commitment to live stream as many contests as we can for fans to watch our events online on the NFHS Network.

We thank you for your continued support in our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

For more information about the Chelan Athletic Department visit the CHS athletics website at
https://www.chelanathletics.com or call their office at 509-682-4061.

Press Contact
Name: Scott Paine, District Athletic Director
Office: 509-682-4061
Email: paines@chelanschools.org

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