COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - High school sports competition is set to restart in the Muscogee County School District on Friday, but it’s going to restart with virtually empty stands.
Due to COVID restrictions recommended by the Board of Health, attendance at all winter sporting events will be restricted to two guests per player on the roster, with a maximum of 30 people per team at basketball games and wrestling meets. How those spectator slots will be allocated will be left up to each individual school.
Fans going to games will have their temperature taken before entry, and are expected to wear masks and adhere to social distancing while at the competition. They’re also asked to leave when their player’s game is over, or when their wrestler has completed that day’s matches.
“The health and safety of our players and our coaches is our number one thing,” said MCSD Director of Athletics Jeff Battles. “That’s the goal of everything, the health and safety of everybody in the program, but we also want to play the games so we’re going to do everything we can to keep them healthy and safe and follow the procedures in order for us to have competition.”
“The most important thing we’re trying to do is to allow our winter sports athletes to continue to compete, and for that to happen we have to make sure we’re taking all the proper precautions and procedures in line with the recommendations the Department of Public Health and the medical community has given us. We’re asking our community to help us out with that because the most important thing to us making sure our kids can still participate in their sports.”
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15
Hardaway at Troup, 4:30 pm
Northside at Griffin, 4:30 pm
LaGrange at Columbus, 6:00 pm
Carver at Kendrick, 6:00 pm
Jordan at Spencer, 6:00 pm
Area 2-AAAA Duals at Shaw, 6:00 pm
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
Columbus at Smiths Station, 2:00 pm
Spencer at Quitman County, 2:00 pm (girls only)
Northside at Newnan, 6:00 pm
Area 2-AAAA Duals at Spencer, 8:00 am