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MVC releases winter sports guidelines

Ongoing pandemic drives spectator numbers down

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) has released its winter sports guidelines for member schools, including Liberty High School in North Liberty. The policy is based on guidance from the governor’s office, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Normal admission will be charged at each venue, with a preference for exact change. The MVC notes some venues may have touchless payment options available. Attendance and capacity limitations are determined by each school, for each sport or event, and will not exceed the limits set forth by Gov. Kim Reynolds. On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Reynolds issued a proclamation clarifying high school sports and activities restrictions.
Per the proclamation, spectators are limited to no more than two for each student athlete, performer or competitor participating in the gathering. Spectators may only be present during the time that student or the student’s team is participating in a game, meet or competition. The organizer and all spectators must also ensure at least 6 feet of physical distance between each group of spectators.
Student participants are not required to wear a mask while participating in an event. But all spectators over the age of 2 shall wear a mask.
The MVC notes spectators are asked to only attend the event their athlete is in, and to leave immediately after. For example, if your student is playing junior varsity (JV) only, you would be asked to leave after that game, and not stay for the varsity contest.
Individual schools will post their own unique details on the conference website www.mississippivalleyiowa.org. As of Saturday, Nov. 21, Liberty High still had fall guidelines posted (football, volleyball). The MVC noted in its press release, “Due to the nature of this pandemic they (guidelines) could change, please check back frequently.”
The MVC also noted concessions may be offered at some venues following Department of Education and Public Health guidelines, restrooms will be available, and reiterated the required use of masks at all MVC venues at all times. In addition, the conference asks spectators to accept personal responsibility for following public health guidelines, to practice safe social distancing and limit groups to single households, be patient and use common sense, and abide by all posted signage (for example, signs closing off sections of the bleachers).
The conference also urges people to stay home if they have signs or symptoms, or if they have been in contact with someone with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Failure to follow the guidelines can result in spectators being asked to leave.