High School Sports


Lewis and Clark County to hold special meeting concerning spectator ban

Elizabeth Heuiser Emily Feller
Posted at 11:46 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 13:59:53-04

HELENA -- The Lewis and Clark City-County Board of Health will hold a special meeting Thursday to discuss the current order that restricts spectators from attending high school sporting events.

Spectators are not currently permitted to attend any sporting events in Lewis and Clark County due to the coronavirus pandemic, which currently prohibits fans from attending high school cross country, football, golf, soccer and volleyball competitions. Gatherings of 50-250 people require at least six feet of social distancing, but board members will discuss changing the order to allow spectators to attend sporting events.

The high school fall golf season started as early as Aug. 15 for Montana high schools with the other fall sports starting their competitions on Aug. 27. Class AA schools, though, voted to cancel their non-conference schedules in football and volleyball, electing to start those seasons on Sept. 11.

“Reopening and staying open relies on both community and personal responsibility,” Public Health Officer Drenda Niemann said in a media release. “Large events have the potential to cause outbreaks, leading to disease and death in our community.”

The meeting, which will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, is open to the public via webcast. More information can be found on the Lewis and Clark Public Health website: https://www.lccountymt.gov/health/board-of-health/meeting-schedule.html.