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MCHS sports during COVID-19


SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County High School is set to host its first home football game on Friday, September 11, but the stands will look a little different this year.

Magoffin County Athletic Director Neil West told the Independent that the game next Friday is set to go on as scheduled, but they are required to not exceed 20% capacity and tickets will be pre-sold. Players, cheerleaders and dancers will have the first option to purchase up to four tickets, and any tickets left over will be sold at the school.

Tickets will also have to have a cellphone number, address, and checklist for COVID-19, all to be used for any potential future contact tracing, and temperature checks will be mandatory upon arrival.

Masks must be worn at all times, with the only exception being the players when they are on the field. Social distancing will also be enforced at all sporting events.

Concessions will available as prepackaged items only. 

As it stands currently, athletes are only tested for COVID-19 if they are sick, with no active mandates on testing at this time. 

West said they are waiting on clarification from the state on several rules by Friday, so some changes to the rules could be announced prior to the game.

Volleyball and cross country are also continuing as planned.

West said the current protocols for quarantining are as follows: athletes will be quarantined if they have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. If a member of a team tests positive, the whole team will be quarantined, and games will be cancelled for at least two weeks.

The Independent will release more information as it becomes available. A closer look at the individual upcoming sports events can be found in B section of this paper.


Heather Oney

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