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The Westchester County Health Department has issued guidance on the New York State requirements for spectators at school and recreation sports.  The most dramatic change is that student athletes are now allowed to have two spectators at sporting events, as long as social distancing can still be accomplished and occupancy is still at 50 percent. 

However, schools and recreation centers still reserve the right to have a stricter interpretation and stricter guidelines.  Prior to this change, it was only two spectators per player for the home team only.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “We are being consistent with New York State guidance first and foremost.  We understand that youth sports are family events, and the families of Westchester have been through a lot these past 12 months.  We want the family to be included and we want the student athlete to be supported by their families.  We feel we can open youth sporting events a bit more and do so safely.”

County Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said: “We understand that parents want to see their children play sports, this is a huge part of our culture and parents should be involved in their children’s lives.  As long as social distancing is observed, and masks are worn, we can accomplish both goals – safety and involvement.”

Following the NYS Guidance (https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SportsAndRecreationMasterGuidance.pdf), page 6:

 “For spectators, the following additional safety measures apply: