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HCPSS Updates Guidelines on Spectators Attending 2020-2021 Athletic Contests

March 2nd, 2021

Update: March 11, 2021

On March 9, Governor Hogan issued new orders that allow HCPSS to expand the number of spectators permitted at our athletic contests. Effective 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12, student athletes in each sport will have two passes per game for spectators to attend both home and away games. This is a change from earlier guidelines that limited spectators at home games only.

Attendees must wear protective face masks and adhere to strict social distancing measures at all indoor and outdoor venues. HCPSS will continue to assess levels of attendance and adherence to the health guidelines.


HCPSS will continue to monitor State orders and adjust accordingly if the State allows additional capacity at outdoor and indoor venues.

Buses will transport student-athletes to away games and all distancing protocols that are implemented on buses to and from school will also be enforced on buses to and from games. Students may secure alternate transportation to and from away games if they provide the school with a written note at least 24 hours in advance. Parents who choose to drive their student-athlete to away games will not be permitted to enter the game as a spectator at this time.

The fall athletics season was pushed back from its original start date and began with practices beginning February 13. All games will be held in-county and against Howard County high schools. There will not be a state tournament or state championship events. Game schedules will be shared by schools with student-athletes and families.

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