Whitmer increases the number of spectators

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Kearsley game days are going to start to look more normal in the upcoming weeks due to the latest executive order regarding social gatherings.

With the release of Executive Order 183, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that attendance of social gatherings will increase starting Oct. 9.

More spectators will be allowed at games as well as dance team and bands.

The MSHAA also released some other new guidelines, including guidelines on indoor sports events and more on outdoor sports events.

Indoor events will have a limit of 20% of the fixed seating capacity with a maximum of 500 spectators and outdoor events will have a limit of 30% of the fixed seating capacity with a maximum of 1,000 spectators.

Outdoor sports with no fixed seating such as cross country and golf, will also adhere to the 1,000 spectator rule.

Players and spectators will have to continue to wear face masks while participating and attending sport events.

Senior Jack Hinman believes that this will benefit the team.

“I feel like it is a great thing. It will allow the football team to come out with the energy that we have not had all season.” Hinman said. “I know it may risk the possibility of spreading COVID-19 more, but I do believe it will be managed quite well.”

Along with the announcement, Whitmer has also decided that facilities such as indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, trampoline parks, bowling centers, and indoor climbing facilities can begin to open back up Oct. 9 as well.

The amount of people allowed in each facility differs.

Some, such as nonresidential indoor venues, can host events as long as they maintain fewer than 20 people per 1,000 square feet, while performance venues and stadiums can operate at 20% seating capacity.