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Mifflin County announces football spectator policy in letter to parents

LEWISTOWN–Mifflin County High School Athletic Director Tish Maclay announced in a letter to parents and the media on Tuesday afternoon how the school will handle attendance for home football games at Mitchell Field during the 2020 football season to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandates as well as guidelines put in place by the Mid-Penn Conference.

Mifflin County will permit each senior associated with varsity football to have two people attend home football games, according to the letter. Seniors must submit the names of the two people by the end of practice on Wednesday evenings. Failure to do so will result in no admittance.

The school will have a list of approved names at the gate on Friday evenings. If a person’s name is not on the list, they will not be admitted. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and lock at 7 p.m. Masks are required to enter Mitchell Field and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. Fans will only be permitted to sit on the home side bleachers. No opposing fans will be permitted.

All home games will be streamed live on MCTV’s YouTube Channel.

JV, Freshmen and Junior High football players and cheerleaders will be able to have three people attend home games. Players and coaches must submit names to their coaches 2 days prior to the game.

For this season only, Mifflin County will not charge for fans to attend games.

The Mifflin County High School band will not be in an attendance at home sporting events, as the band opted to not attend games, according to Maclay.

The full letter is available below:

“Parents/Guardians of Mifflin County Football Players and Cheerleaders:

COVID-19 has placed many restrictions on the fall athletics season. By Governor Wolf’s emergency mandates, we are limited to 250 people outdoors. In addition, the Mid-Penn Conference has capped Varsity Football Away teams to not exceed 75 total people. This number includes all players, managers, coaches, athletic trainers and team doctors. When Mifflin County travels to away Varsity football games, fans from Mifflin County will NOT be permitted to attend. The cap set by the Mid-Penn Conference means we can have a total of 175 people for our home events for Varsity Football. Again, this number must include all players, managers, coaches, athletic trainers, team doctors, cheerleaders, ambulance crew, officials, chain crew, media and all game workers. For these reasons, we have developed the following guidelines for football.

Varsity Football: Each SENIOR associated with Varsity Football will be permitted to have 2 people attend home football games. Seniors must submit the names of the 2 people by the end of the practice on Wednesday evenings. Failure to do so will result in NO ADMITTANCE. Names will not be permitted to be changed after they have been submitted by players. We will have a list of names at the gate on Friday evenings. If a person’s name is not on the list, they will NOT be admitted. Gates will be open at 6 p.m. and will lock at 7 p.m. Masks are required to enter MItchell Field and all social distancing guidelines must be followed. Fans will only be permitted to sit on the home side bleachers. No opposing fans will be permitted. All home games will be streamed on MCTV’s YouTube Channel.

JV/Freshmen/Junior High Varsity Football: All players and cheerleaders will be permitted to have 3 people attend HOME games. Players and cheerleaders must submit names to their coaches 2 days prior to the game. We will have a list to check people into the game. If a person’s name is not on the list, they will NOT be admitted. Opposing teams will be permitted to have 2 people per player. Names must be submitted to us prior to competition. When we travel to away games, we MUST follow guidelines opposing schools send us. Each school may be different.

For this season only, there will be NO CHARGE to attend the games.

We hope to create an environment where our athletes can compete safely and have a positive experience, despite the current restrictions.

Sincerely,

Tish Maclay”

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