Worcester Public Schools limit athletic attendance to parents, siblings due to COVID numbers

Worcester Public Schools limit athletic attendance to parents, siblings

Jim Wilson
Telegram & Gazette
Fans take in a recent boys' basketball game between South High and St. Paul. Due to rising COVID numbers, Worcester Public Schools will limit the attendance of athletic events to just parents and siblings for the month of January.

Worcester Public Schools will limit the attendance of all athletic events for boys' and girls' basketball, boys' hockey and cheerleading events for the month of January due to a rise in COVID cases. Under the new policy only parents and siblings of players and cheerleaders will be allowed to attend the events.

Swimming events at the Worcester Boys' and Girls' Club and indoor track events at Northbridge High School already were under a no-fans policy for the winter seasons.

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The move is similar to one implemented by other Central Mass. schools, such as Algonquin Regional, which have shifted to a parents and siblings-only model until the COVID numbers lower.

Worcester Public Schools athletic director Dave Shea and Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda announced the change Wednesday, and it will be effective on Monday.

Shea notes the policy will be reviewed at the end of January, and if the positive COVID cases decrease, fans will be allowed back in February and March.

All players, coaches, workers, referees and family members attending the games must be wearing a mask at all times in the building, as the mask mandate is still in place.

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