ST. PAUL – State Rep. Steve Green, R-Fosston, said he is pleased the Minnesota State High School League on Thursday lifted its prohibition on spectators for events in public schools this fall.
The MSHSL announced two spectators per participant now will be allowed to attend events in public school facilities. Participants include athletes, performers, competitors, student workers and coaches/advisors. Social distancing guidelines – including a 6-foot separation among spectators – apply.
Green said it was appropriate for the MSHSL to change its attendance guidelines because they were arbitrary and inconsistent with state policies regarding indoor gatherings amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This is good news for student-athletes and parents in our area and throughout the state,” Green said. “It’s nice to see some common sense come to the surface. It also is refreshing to see that our grass-roots organizations were successful in getting the state’s ear on this issue and kept fighting the good fight to bring about some needed change. I still think we could do a lot more to re-open our state beyond athletics, but this is at least some progress on one issue that has been causing frustration among the public.”