NEWINGTON — When the fall sports season begins on Oct. 1, there will be no fans in attendance for Newington home games.
The school announced on Monday that due to the threat of covid-19, spectators will not be permitted at fall sports events this season, meaning no fans will be on hand to watch boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, field hockey, cross country and girls swimming.
Other high schools in the area have not yet announced whether fans will be able to attend games.
“We understand that our parents/guardians, family members, students, and other fans of our athletic programs will not be able to come out and support their favorite team, but we are focused on removing any variables that may cause risk to the opportunity for our student athletes to benefit from,” the statement from Athletic Director Christopher Meyers read.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference sent out new guidelines for fall sports, and recommended that certain sports such as girls volleyball and swimming have no spectators this year, while other outdoor sports were encouraged to follow local guidelines, but to at least keep spectators limited, separated and further back from the playing field. But Newington will have no fans at outdoor venues when the season begins.
“We know that the social, emotional and physical benefits of sports is even more imperative in a high school student’s life as we navigate through these challenging times,” the statement read. “That is why we are committed to supporting and developing our student athletes as they successfully reengage with school and sports.”
“We continue to work with our conference, local health officials and our school community to identify the best practices that will ensure our student athletes the best chance to continue their experience and minimize any potential risks that could jeopardize their season throughout the fall,” it added.
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