Starting Monday, parents of home/host teams will be allowed to attend sporting events as long as they have proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Maui Interscholastic League.
The MIL released its long-awaited details on allowing fans into the stands for sporting events in an email to The Maui News on Thursday morning.
With public and private schools making up the MIL, the challenges of finding a universal rule for all can be difficult.
“MIL is very unique because our league is made up of both public schools and private institutions, each governed by their own distinct protocols and guidelines,” the email indicated. “It is through cooperation and understanding that we continue to work together to provide opportunities for student-athletes in Maui County.
“With our improving COVID numbers and state and county restrictions reacting to this data, MIL will move forward with a careful and cautious approach to allowing spectators to attend MIL events. There will be no spectators this week but some events will be streamed on the NFHS website (nfhsnetwork.com). Beginning October 25, parents of student-athletes on the host/host team may attend in person. Those present must be fully vaccinated. There will be no concessions. There will be no food or drink, but water will be permitted.
The details outlined in the email came after a more than three-hour meeting of MIL sporting directors on Tuesday.
“As the situation remains fluid, there will be weekly meetings to assess, discuss any issues and/or concerns and determine any adjustments,” the email continued. “We are very excited to have our student-athletes back on the courts, courtyards and playing fields. We will be equally excited when we welcome back our families and supporters in a safe and responsible way to see our students- athletes enjoy sports they have been away from for too long.
The MIL football season begins today when Maui High visits Lahainaluna. On Saturday, King Kekaulike will face Baldwin at War Memorial Stadium. All games will begin at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on KMVI 900 AM radio.
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced rules for using county venues, which include War Memorial Stadium where seven of MIL’s 15 football games are scheduled to be played, every Saturday.
The rules, which went into effect Oct. 16, are outlined on the county’s website.
For out-of-county venues, no fan limit has been listed for individual venues – the maximum that can congregate in a single group within the venue is 25 people.
“Spectators are allowed and groups are limited to 25 people who do not share the same address. Spectators are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks,” the document reads in part.
For indoor county venues, which include War Memorial Gym and the new Kihei facility near Lokelani Middle School, a 50% capacity limit has been announced, with groups limited to 10 people.
Spectators are required to wear face coverings at all times at indoor county facilities – “as are players, coaches and officials –” and no food or drink will be permitted except water.
While MIL officials declined to comment on their announcement Thursday, the new rules will affect some teams more than others.
For example, the Molokai women’s volleyball team will host St. Anthony for a pair of games today and Saturday, the third and fourth home games of the season for the Farmers, when fans/parents won’t be around. allowed to attend.
With Haleakala Waldorf having no women’s volleyball team this season, Molokai only has two home games scheduled when fans will be allowed unless the policy changes by then –î against Lanai on 26 and November 27.
A green and white home scrimmage for Molokai’s eight-man soccer team scheduled away this afternoon will also have no parents or fans in attendance.
Questions about who will be allowed to attend full league events in cross country and air rifle competitions hosted by individual schools remain unanswered for the fall sports season.
League-wide meets in swimming, wrestling, and canoe paddling are held during the winter season, as are track and field meets during the spring season.
*Robert Collias is at email@example.com.