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London Adapting to New Regulations; Gearing Up to Host First Fall Events
London Adapting to New Regulations; Gearing Up to Host First Fall Events
Lou Kramer
Friday, August 21, 2020

There is excitement in the air as interscholastic sports get under way this week on campus albeit with a number of new requirements. Earlier this week, Governor DeWine approved all Fall sports to continue under a new health order. The order means the following changes to our normal game-day procedures for spectators:

  1. Everyone visiting campus for any reason must verify that they and everyone in their household is healthy and has not tested positive nor shown any symptoms related to COVID19 including fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea;

  2. Spectators will be limited to four (4) individuals per student athlete for outdoor events and two (2) individuals for indoor events;

  3. Whether it be indoor or outdoor, a facial covering, which is worn over the nose, mouth, and chin, is required to attend any Red Raider athletic event;

  4. All spectators must maintain at least six (6) feet of social distance from individuals not within their household. All those in attendance will not be permitted to congregate when entering, exiting, or while at the stadium;

In order to adhere to the new guidelines, LCS has implemented several new procedures:

  1. Available tickets will be linked to each individual participant. Ticket prices will continue to be $7 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens. 

  2. Bleachers will be marked off to support social distancing. Families and individuals from different households will be required to sit apart from one another.

  3. New roster limits mean student-athletes not on a roster must wear a jersey and mask and sit or stand in a designated area away from the bench.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association in conjunction with the Governor’s Office will be assigning observers to attend sporting events across the state. Those districts that are cited for failing to enforce the Governor’s Health Order may face fines, suspension from postseason tournaments, or forfeiture of games.

The district is excited to welcome families back to campus to support their student-athletes and our Raiders. Part of this support is abiding by the new requirements.

London is working on fine tuning event operations and is also working on a process to live stream events.