ENTIAT, WA—- February 16th, 2021 —- The Chelan County school districts recently announced that no spectators will be permitted to attend high school athletic events due to COVID-19 restrictions. This decision will provide time to evaluate the effectiveness of physical distancing and safety protocol changes developed to allow the return to sports.
The Entiat School District will begin with no spectators to acclimate our school with the new mitigation strategies for team, officials, medical personnel and event staff, and reduce the chances that schedules may be impacted by inadvertent exposure to the COVID virus.
The schools in Chelan County feel that this is necessary to prevent the unnecessary gathering of crowds and the spread that occurs when crowds gather. We also feel that this is a reasonable compromise that will be effective in keeping infection rates under control while allowing our student-athletes to perform. Our hope is that this is a temporary strategy. It is within our control to bring the infection rate down and to keep our students, staff and community safe and healthy.
This decision applies only to the first two weeks (Feb. 22-March 7) of the upcoming fall sports season. Separate decisions will be made as we continue to monitor local health data, health mitigation strategies and other factors. Entiat High School, and several other regional schools, have made a commitment to live stream all contests for fans to watch our events online on the NFHS Network.
We thank you for your continued support in our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.