By Attorney Alec LeSher
Effective November 17, 2020, the Governor’s new proclamation imposes stronger social distancing and mask requirements throughout the state. Generally speaking, indoor gatherings of more than 15 people are prohibited, as are outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people. Anyone ages two and older must wear a mask when indoors in a space that is open to the public, and within six feet of someone who is not a member of their household for more than 15 minutes.
This proclamation does not prohibit schools from holding in-person classes, and the mask requirements do not apply to in-person classes. Thus, if a school district does not have a mask requirement, this proclamation does not require it to adopt one for normal school operations. However, schools which lease facilities to outside groups must enforce the rules relating to public spaces, including the mask mandate and the restrictions of 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors.
In addition to these general requirements, the proclamation has specific rules on sporting events. Except for college, high school, and professional sports, all sporting or recreational events are prohibited. This prohibition includes middle school, elementary school, and privately-sponsored youth sporting or recreational events.
For sporting and recreational events that are not prohibited by this proclamation, such as high school sports, the number of spectators has been further limited. Regardless of whether the event is indoors or outdoors, there may be no more than two spectators for each athlete, performer, or competitor participating in the event. Each spectator ages two or older must wear a mask; however, the athletes, performers, or competitors are not required to wear a mask. The event organizer and spectators must ensure a physical distance of at least six feet between each group of spectators.
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