PEORIA – The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board Monday discussed a decision earlier that day by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to update its All-Sports Policy.
IHSA schools located in regions that are in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan can increase spectators from 50 persons to 20% venue capacity in outdoor sports. The increase in spectator attendance is applicable for outdoor sports only.
“We have been adamant in our discussions with IDPH that we believe we can safely and responsibly expand spectator guidelines without risking the general public to greater exposure to COVID-19,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said. “This felt like a commonsense change, especially as we evaluated collegiate and pro sport spectator guidelines in the state, and are happy for the student-athletes who will be participating in IHSA outdoor sports this spring and summer, as well as for their families and friends.”