WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts has a 50 person gathering limit for all outdoor activities, including high school sports, which means the usual fan sections can’t happen.
22News Reporter Sydney Snow spoke with one family that is calling on the state to allow for more people at high school games so families won’t have to choose who can go to the game.
Minnechaug High School is allowing just two people per athlete to watch fall sports. 22News spoke with one family that said they are frustrated with this rule because their whole family won’t be able to watch their daughter’s final season of field hockey.
“These are important family times and this is disposable. I mean this goes away and this is the one time we have the chance to have the whole family there and watch her and we are not going to be able to do that,” Sean Murphy of Wilbraham said.
Murphy added they won’t be able to travel to away games either. This year it’s just a 10 game season, so he will only be able to watch his daughter play just 5 games.
The MIAA released guidance that recommends schools limit any nonessential spectators but the ultimate decision is up to schools.
The state allows 50 people for an outdoor gathering with an exception to religious services and protests.
It’s not just Minnechaug that’s limiting spectators; Ware isn’t allowing fans at all.
We contacted a number of other school districts about their fan regulations but have not heard back yet.