WEST FARGO — West Fargo Public Schools will allow more home-team fans to attend sporting events beginning next week.
The district released its updated spectator guidelines Friday following Gov. Doug Burgum’s Monday, Jan. 4 announcement, which lowered North Dakota’s statewide risk level. The state’s shift from high to moderate COVID-19 risk designation increased capacity limits for restaurants, bars and gatherings, and went into effect 8 a.m. Friday.
The increased capacity restrictions amended an executive order Burgum issued Nov. 13, when the state faced a worst-in-the-nation COVID-19 outbreak. Hospitalizations and active COVID-19 cases, which peaked in November, have decreased.
Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, each participant on West Fargo Public Schools’ home teams will receive four vouchers to purchase a ticket per event. Previously, the district allotted two vouchers apiece for both home and away teams.
Visitors will still receive two vouchers each. A voucher must be presented to purchase a ticket to an event.
At middle schools, two spectators per participant — both home and away — will be allowed.
Masks are required for all fans at WFPS activities, as well as table, sideline and media personnel. A statewide mask mandate is still in place until at least Jan. 18.
Home athletic contests will be streamed through the district’s YouTube channels or third-party vendors when possible. Links to those contests can be found under each high school and middle school’s activity site.
The North Dakota High School Activities Association also updated its regular-season attendance guidelines Tuesday, Jan. 5.
The guidelines, in accordance with ND Smart Restart guidelines, will follow a tiered system based on seating capacity of the event venue.
In the yellow/moderate risk level, the maximum number of fans include:
For seating capacity of 3,500 or more, 50% capacity up to 5,000
For seating capacity of 2,001 to 3,499, 50% capacity up to 1,750
For seating capacity of 1,001 to 2,000, 50% capacity up to 750
For seating capacity of less than 1,000, 50% capacity up to 500
The high school association’s previous guidelines allowed a maximum of 25% capacity.
Attendance totals don’t include athletes, coaches, athletic staff or credentialed event staff.
Concessions, which previously weren’t recommended in counties in the orange/high risk level, are permitted during contests held in the yellow/moderate risk level if social distancing can be maintained during consumption.