More fans can attend winter high school sports, Kansas athletic officials decide

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas State High School Activities Association decided Wednesday to increase the limited number of guests at sporting events, as the winter sports season ramps up during a continuously spreading pandemic.

Seventy-four representatives from various Kansas school districts decided on the limits to fans at high school sporting events. Forty-six voted in favor, and 27 opposed increasing the limit from two to four spectators per athlete at each event, as long as the venue can meet social distancing requirements.

Watch the meeting below:

The new rule takes effect Jan. 29. Local school districts can still make their own stricter limit on fans based on their area’s health department guidelines, but cannot make less limited restrictions than KSHSAA.

The decision comes as winter sports like basketball and wrestling are midway through their season, while fall sports like football have wrapped up. This time of year also sees state championships on the horizon.

KSHSAA also decided postseason events like playoffs and championships can only have the increase to four spectators as long as the venue’s occupancy limit is filled to a maximum of 50%.

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