Games are also being livestreamed.
WESTFIELD, NJ — Varsity basketball parents at Westfield High School got to watch their children play in person for the first time in months earlier this week, following the governor’s announcement that parents would be permitted at youth sporting events.
The boys varsity basketball home game against North Brunswick Wednesday resulted in a win when it came to the social distancing practiced by the spectators, Westfield High School Athletic Director Sandy Mamary said.
“We did have varsity parents come into the gym,” Mamary told TAPinto Westfield. “We had enough safe space for all of the varsity players to bring two parent or guardians, and it worked out very well. They were screened at the door. They had to submit a statement that they were following protocols and procedures.”
The spectators wore masks, and the district also took the parents’ temperatures, she said. “I think everyone was just happy they could be in the gym and so was I,” Mamary said.
While Gov. Phil Murphy had announced last week that parents would be permitted at sporting events effective immediately, the rules allow school districts to limit those spectators due to COVID-19.
In the gymnasium at Westfield High School this means the district is taking it game by game to ensure safe social distancing.
“It’s going to depend on what sports are in there,” Mamary said. “With basketball, we can fit all the varsity parents in there safely, and we’ll see what happens later on with volleyball and wrestling.”
She said that wrestling will present a challenge because they have two mats taking up space, an addition to the usual single mat. This way one mat can be disinfected per COVID-19 protocols after matches while the wrestlers are competing on the other mat, Mamary said.
For those who want to watch the games but are not parents, the athletic director noted that the games are streamed online on YouTube and the NFHS Network. Links to the games are included on the Westfield High School athletics schedule.
Athletic directors in Union County, Mamary said, had worked quickly to get games streamed online.
“Every school in the county worked very, very hard to ensure the games were at least being livestreamed, so the parents could at least watch the games,” she said.
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