IHSA: Up to 50 fans to be allowed at High School Athletics once Phase 4 begins

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KANKAKEE – Fans will be allowed in High School sporting events in certain regions once Phase 4 begins.

As of Sunday morning, a total of six public health Regions in Illinois were eligible to host anywhere from 25-50 fans in Illinois. They include Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 11.

According to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), players, coaches, refs and other mandatory game personnel do not count against fan limits.

However members of the media are included in the number.

“Schools do have the ability locally to be more restrictive with their spectators. Some schools will likely not allow any fans despite being allowed 25 or 50,” said IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha in an email to media Sunday. “We have encouraged schools using this model to still consider allowing media to attend and cover these events, however, that remains a local decision.”

IHSA has asked the Illinois Department of Public Health to reconsider counting members of the media among the fan base.

Region 7, which includes Kankakee and Will County, remains in TIER 1 mitigations as of this morning.

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