The News-Times

Some schools set spectator policies for winter season

- By Joe Morelli joseph.morelli @hearstmedi­; @nhrJoeMore­lli. Staff writer Scott Ericson contribute­d to this story.

A handful of schools in the FCIAC have adopted a spectator policy for their sports this winter season.

Both Norwalk and Brien McMahon will allow just two guests per athlete for both teams, for events held in the gym and the co-op boys and girls hockey teams. Those guests must pre-register.

Both Stamford and Westhill will allow up to 300 spectators at each game in their gyms. In indoor track only, both Staples and Wilton will allow 100 parents in the venue at a time.

For boys swimming in the FCIAC, Fairfield Ludlowe, Fairfield Warde, Norwalk and Wilton are allowing two parents or guests per swimmer.

All other FCIAC spectator policies are unlimited, but masks are required.

“Individual school districts may choose to change their (policies) at any time, and we will update,” FCIAC commission­er Dave Schulz said. “The state DPH can also change their recommenda­tions at any time, so it is a ‘wait and see.’ ”

CCC commission­er Trish Witkin said there is no uniform policy in the state’s largest conference. Witkin said the only thing that is uniform is that masks are a necessity.

“Some schools have limits based on capacity, while others have restrictio­ns based on number of spectators permitted per athlete. Further, there are districts with no limitation­s,” Witkin said.

Northwest Catholic athletic director Ashley Mara said the school is currently allowing all spectators in until the gym reaches full capacity.

SWC co-commission­er Mark Berkowitz said there are no restrictio­ns for all of its events. SCC commission­er Al Carbone said there are none for his schools either.

“Not at this point,” Carbone said. “Every school gym is different in size so when you get to capacity, you turn people away. That is how everyone is approachin­g it, but things change. Hopefully when we get back in January, it’s full speed ahead with one consistent policy.”

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