School boards will allow spectators to participate in outdoor sports games


For parents, guardians and athletes, this is the news they’ve been waiting for – spectators are now allowed at outdoor events.

According to a press release obtained by The Nugget, the four local school boards – Near North District School Board, Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board, Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario and Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord – as well as The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit have issued a protocol for spectators to attend school-related outdoor events, including athletic games.

“This protocol is effective immediately,” the statement said. “School boards are responsible for managing contact tracing and COVID-19 security measures, therefore, staff will be present at outdoor school-related events to help verify that spectators have completed the screening requirements and contact information before entering the site. “

To attend school events, spectators must screen for COVID-19 and scan the displayed QR code to complete the attestation form.

The form collects the viewer’s name and contact information for contact tracing purposes and certifies that the person has completed the COVID-19 screening.

Masking is mandatory during the event and physical distancing is requested unless members of the same household are together.

There is no indication or timetable as to when fans and spectators can attend indoor sporting events and activities.

School boards remind the public that provincial capacity limits for respective outdoor recreational sites will be maintained.

As part of the plan to reopen the province, 75% of the maximum capacity is allowed in an outdoor setting.

Last month, The Nugget obtained an 11-page document outlining the rules and regulations for high school sports and activities. This included prohibiting parents and spectators from watching sporting events and activities inside and outside high schools.

Dylan Allison has started an online petition calling on area school boards to reverse their decision not to allow spectators to attend high school outdoor sporting events. On Wednesday, 2,360 people signed the petition.

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