EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Attendance at indoor winter sporting occasions at Vanderburgh County public and nonpublic colleges can be restricted to 2 spectators per student-athlete.
Officers in making the choice famous the potential for unfold of coronavirus in giant crowds and the even larger danger that comes with being indoors.
“We need to make sure that we preserve our college students, our athletes, our households and employees in a really protected setting,” Evansville Vanderburgh College Corp. Superintendent David Smith mentioned.
Andy Owen, athletic director for the EVSC, mentioned crew members, cheerleaders and scholar managers are included within the coverage of two spectators per participant.
“Now we have tried to reduce assist employees on benches,” Owen mentioned, including the coverage is “quoted as important personnel proper now.”
The coverage applies to girls and boys basketball in addition to wrestling. College swimming and diving occasions at Lloyd Pool this winter can be unable to accommodate spectators.
“Because of the facility, there’s not a attainable solution to put any followers in there that’s truthful or protected for our scholar athletes,” Owen mentioned.
Smith and Owen made the announcement together with Evansville Catholic Diocese Faculties Superintendent Daryl Hagan, Evansville Christian College Head of College Mike Allen and Evansville Day College Head of College Kevin Kunst.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Vanderburgh County Well being Division Administrator Joe Gries additionally attended the announcement.
Officers famous the weeks-long improve in COVID-19 circumstances in Vanderburgh County and the broader area, together with 82 new circumstances Wednesday.
“Now we have to make these varieties of choices to make sure the security of our group,” Gries mentioned.