District to Restrict Crowds During Pandemic

Hutchinson Public Schools using the AVCTL league guidelines for setting crowd limits at activities this year.

In light of Covid-19 concerns, the AVCTL recommends that member schools limit spectator attendance to a maximum capacity of 25 percent for each venue. This recommendation is for the fall 2020 season and will remain in effect until such a time the league determines it is no longer necessary. 

These guidelines were developed by the AVCTL member schools with the hope of providing a safe and healthy environment for the participants as well as everyone in attendance.

The following guidelines are for football, boys’ soccer and volleyball. For other activities with unpaid admission, HHS asks that only family members attend and social distance while there.

  • Venue will be limited to 25 percent capacity.
  • Spectators will be expected to wear masks at all events.
  • Spectators should sit as a family group and practice proper social distancing.
  • Spectators will not be allowed near the participant groups, on fields or courts.
  • Only essential personnel will be allowed near participant groups.
  • Spectators will be asked to exit the event at the conclusion of the contest and not allowed on the playing surfaces.
  • All passes are suspended until spectator restrictions are lifted.
    • This includes league passes, district athletic passes, senior golden age passes and staff ID’s.
  • Concessions will be offered, but will be limited.
  • Media will be welcomed at all HHS contests with proper media credentials.Media members will be expected to follow all protocols regarding masks and social distancing.
  • When possible, events will be streamed and communicated through social media.

Since tonight’s Blue-Gold Scrimmage does not involve a visiting team, the district does not believe there will be any capacity issues. At Saturday’s AVCTL Preseason Volleyball Tournament, visiting schools have asked for a list of a maximum of 60 spectators and none of the schools have filled their maximum at this point.

“Hutchinson High School is happy to be able to offer activities and athletics this fall,” said Kevin Armstrong, HHS athletics director. “We understand the importance of extracurricular activities in our community. With that being said these events will look different than past years.”