Many of our local high school sports teams have re-started their seasons as coronavirus cases have declined in our area. But they are still playing in front of nearly empty stands instead of friends and family. Of course we are still a long way away from the days of seeing the bleachers packed with fans, but this week I joined with Illinois principals, superintendents, school boards, athletic directors and a bipartisan group of legislators in calling on the Governor and the Department of Public Health to allow up to 25% capacity of fans to attend local sporting events.
“We have learned from conversations with school officials involved with the planning and execution of hosting extracurricular activities that here have in fact not been major viral outbreaks resulting from allowing previously prohibited extracurricular activities. We believe this is due to the unprecedented effort of local school officials and athletes to take the steps necessary to keep everyone safe,” our letter states. “We feel that allowing fans at a capacity of 25% can be accomplished following stated guidelines for mask-wearing and appropriate social distancing of 6 feet.”