HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Starting next week, fans will once again be allowed in the stands during public high school athletic games.
The Oahu Interschool Association announced that spectators will be allowed both indoor and outdoor games starting October 20.
Those who wish to attend a sporting event will need to be fully vaccinated and will need to wear masks. Since children under 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine, they will not be allowed to attend the events.
Many parents expressed disappointment that they were not allowed to attend the games. But even after the announcement, parents saw it as a mixed bag.
“It’s a blessing and we are grateful,” said Kiley Bagio, whose husband is on the football coaching staff at Kapolei High School and who has a son on the team.
“On the other hand, people like us who have children is a different story.
Bagio and Ihilani Cummings – who also has a husband on the coaching staff and a senior on the team – were delighted to finally be able to see a game in person.
But with the rules only calling for people who are vaccinated, their young children will have to stay home.
“My own daughters can’t even come and support daddy, so now my wife probably won’t be able to come unless a babysitter can watch them,” Kahuku High School football head coach Sterling Carvalho said. .
“We stand up for families,” Cummings said. “A lot of boys and their teammates have a lot of siblings, and siblings are their biggest fans.”
The OIA said fans are limited to groups of 25 outdoors and 10 indoors. Everyone must buy a ticket online, but there is no rule on the number of participants. There will also be a purchase limit of up to five tickets.
“Which rule applies? What games will we go to? We do not know. It’s just very confusing, ”Bagio said.
Following state guidelines, the OIA said food and drink will not be served at matches and only water will be available.
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said restrictions continued to lift on big events, but it still hinged on the vaccination rate.
“If you believe in the effectiveness of the reasons why we have worked so hard all these months, and challenged, asked, begged, begged people to get vaccinated, we are in a place right now where we need to do it’s not, ”Blangiardi said.
Even though not everyone in the family can attend, the coaches and players are at least ready to step onto the playing field after a long pandemic hiatus.
“So it doesn’t matter if the fans are here this week or from next week, it doesn’t matter at this point,” said Carvalho, whose Red Raiders travel to Kapolei for their game. opening of the season.
“It’s just taking the opportunity that we have the chance to play this Friday.”
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