By Ray Hamill — The H-DNL announced on Wednesday afternoon that no spectators will be allowed at sporting events for two weeks beginning on Friday.
According to a press release from the league, the move was made “in an attempt to slow down and possibly minimize the spread of COVID in both our school and local communities.”
The temporary “no spectators” mandate will be in effect for all H-DNL athletic events starting Friday and running through January 23.
The mandate was passed by a vote of 6-4 and will will impact basketball and wrestling.
“The number of positive tests being reported from local school districts and recent updates from Humboldt County Public Health (188 new COVID cases in the Jan. 4 press release) indicate this is likely the beginning of a surge,” the H-DNL press release said.
The league said it will continue to monitor local data and re-evaluate the requirement as conditions change.
“The league understands the disappointment that comes with this announcement, but given the circumstances, it appreciates your understanding, patience and cooperation,” the press release said.
Most H-DNL athletic events can be accessed online and interested spectators are urged to contact their local schools for more information regarding online viewing.