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Pointing to state guidance, PIAA clarifies that no fans allowed at high school events

KYLE CRAIG
The (Easton) Express-Times (TNS)
There may not be any fans watching high school events this fall in Pennsylvania.

A day after offering different timetables for a return to scholastic sports, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association highlighted an important point:

Athletes might be making a comeback, but fans are not.

The PIAA released a clarification on Thursday afternoon after receiving “many inquiries” regarding the fate of spectators.

The organization pointed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in its statement.

“This is not a PIAA decision. PIAA is following the sports guidance put out by the Wolf Administration,” the release states.

The guidance from the governor, which was released as counties went through their color-coded reopening, has not changed. It states: “During Yellow and Green phases of reopening, sports-related activities at the PK-12 level are limited to student athletes, coaches, officials, and staff only. The addition of visitors and spectators will be contingent upon future health conditions within state and local communities.”

The PIAA also included the prohibition of fans among its 25-page document detailing safety guidelines for fall sports.

The sports governing body announced on July 15 that it would proceed with its plans to conduct a fall season “unless otherwise directed by the Commonwealth.”

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association has pushed back its fall start and made alterations to its postseason schedule.