LINCOLN — Attendance at Lincoln Public Schools athletic events will begin the fall season limited to four immediate family members of students taking part in the event.
LPS defines “immediate family” as all members living in the household and also includes grandparents. Face coverings are required, even at outdoor events. Family groups must observe 6 feet of social distancing.
At LPS home football games, the home team’s marching band, cheerleaders and dance team may perform, and their immediate families are allowed to attend. Visiting teams are restricted to cheerleaders.
Lincoln has two varsity football stadiums — 9,000-seat Seacrest Field and Lincoln High’s 1,700-seat stadium. The six high school gyms have capacities between 2,400 and 3,000.
“We will communicate any changes to these limitations if it is feasible to increase attendance based on recommendations from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department,” an LPS spokesman said in a press release.
LPS is the first Class A school district known to set attendance guidelines for the fall. The Omaha-area Metro Conference was developing recommendations last week for approval by school superintendents.
LPS Athletic Director Kathi Wieskamp said support-group members, including the band, must observe social distancing. There will be no student sections. The district is studying ways to let students watch games online.