PUEBLO — Following multiple conversations between CHSAA and CDPHE, there has been a modification to this weekend's State Football Championship games: "Allowing a maximum of 75 spectators in the stands, per team, which is the limit of the outdoor seated events guidance provided in Public Health Order 20-36 COVID-19 Dial."
Individual schools will handle the distribution of tickets for each title game regarding their program.
With Pueblo County's COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise, strict safety protocols will be in place for all attending CSU-Pueblo's Thunderbowl this week.
Non-household groups must maintain 6 feet of distance;
- The groups of 75 must enter and exit through different egresses;
- They must utilize different facilities, such as restrooms, to "fully keep these two groups as separate events";
- All spectators (along with non-active participants, coaches, officials and staff) must wear masks, without exception.
"Our qualifying teams, school communities and staff were anxious about receiving a favorable decision," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green. "We submitted our reconsideration request on Friday and have spent numerous days asking our stakeholders and media partners to be patient. We are a small piece of the puzzle within the many decisions being made by state officials in these challenging times.
"We celebrate each incremental decision, even those delayed, as we continue to intentionally advocate for CHSAA schools and school communities in resuming safe and equitable participation during the disruptive impact of COVID-19," Blanford-Green added.
Two local schools will battle for state titles Friday with Lamar taking on Eaton in the 2A Championship at 2 p.m. Palmer Ridge will meet Loveland at 6 p.m. in the 4A Championship game.