(Des Moines, IA) — Governor Kim Reynolds has updated her public health emergency proclamation so Iowa high schools do not have to limit the number of spectators at basketball games, wrestling meets, and other sporting events.
The restrictions end today (Friday), but school districts can still impose their own limits. Fans at indoor games or meets must still wear masks and maintain their distance from others who don’t live in their household. The governor’s updated proclamation has extended the mask mandate for many indoor
public spaces until February 6th. Amy Jungers with Gehlen Catholic school tells of the decision officials made.
Le Mars Community school officials issued a news release saying their ultimate goal is for the health and safety of our students, staff, and community, and to make sure our students are able to continue to attend school and participate in current and future activities throughout this pandemic. It has been determined by Plymouth County Public Health and the Le Mars Community
School District that COVID continues to be a very real and present danger.
Although the governor’s proclamation has changed by reducing restrictions, our community COVID-19 status has not changed dramatically enough for us to allow for unlimited spectators to events. Therefore, Le Mars Community requires the
following at all basketball games: Masks are required for all spectators and participants over two years of age. Each athlete, team personnel, and cheerleader will be allowed six names on the pass list. Dance team members are allowed six names on the pass list to attend only for their halftime performance. Junior varsity spectators are required to leave, unless their student is also participating in a varsity contest. Varsity girls and boys
pass list spectators will be allowed to check in starting at 5:10 p.m. Le Mars high school students only can attend with their student ID and for $5 or an activity ticket.