By Ray Hamill — County health officials and the H-DNL have reached a new agreement on the number of spectators that will be allowed at games, beginning on Thursday.
Two spectators will now be allowed per athlete for volleyball, while 20 percent of the seating capacity will be permitted for outdoor sports like football and soccer.
H-DNL volleyball began play on Monday with no spectators allowed at any of the games, which was a controversial decision locally and one that denied even parents from attending their kids’ games.
The news on Tuesday broke just hours after Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal and “Let Them Play Humboldt” advocate Nancy Vizenor both appeared on Fox News.
For volleyball, each school will be responsible for developing their own lists of spectators allowed, with a separate entrance and exit point for each school.
The gym will also be cleared in between the JV and varsity games.
For football and soccer, the number of spectators now allowed will depend on the size of the venue.
Each week, players will be informed how many spectators will be permitted at their games, and individual schools will develop an official list of who is to be permitted.
Once again, the venues will continue to be cleared in between JV and varsity games, and masks and social distancing will be mandated.
Hoopa will be taking the temperature of all those attending as well, as an extra step in prevention and safety.