Limited fans now allowed for indoor high school sports, events in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Education guidance expands spectators to indoor events, recommending no more than two spectators per participant.
October 9, 2020
ST PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has unveiled new guidance that will allow a limited number of spectators for high school sports, concerts, performances and other events, including those held indoors during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the guidance released Thursday, MDE recommends no more than two spectators per participant, and to limit total attendance based on the size of the venue and the overall state guidance for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Spectators are also expected to follow requirements for face coverings and physical distancing, including at least six feet of space between household spectator groups, and 12 feet between spectators and participants when possible.
MDE recommends advance reservations or tickets for venue seating, with names and contact information recorded for quick notification if anyone associated with the event contracts COVID-19. As a result, MDE suggests no walk-ins or impromptu ticket sales. In addition, the department recommends scheduled and staggered admission times, to minimize crowding at entrances and concession areas.