MSHSL to allow some fans at indoor events

With high school volleyball season kicking off on Thursday night, the Minnesota State High School League will allow some fans at indoor matches.

Updated guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education recommends two spectators per player.

This applies to events in a school building or facility and also affects concerts, plays, competitions, performances and other events that have spectators in a school building or facility. The MSHSL made the announcement on its Facebook page on Thursday.

Fans must be spaced six feet apart and event spaces cannot exceed 25% of total capacity.

Reservations will need to be made ahead of time and walk-ins will not be allowed.  According to the MSHSL, school districts should collect names and contact information as part of the reservation so people can be notified if an individual contracts COVID-19.

The release also established protocol for when at least 12 feet can’t be maintained between fans.  The guidance also suggests schools schedule arrival times for longer than usual, so fans won’t be waiting in large crowds. This includes staggered admission and entry times.