Want to attend a high school sporting event at Silver Lake High this fall?
That might be tough, depending on the circumstances. The school recently released its guidelines for spectators at high school sporting events — and it depends on the sport and one’s association with the team.
As far as indoor events at the school go, due to the pandemic no fans will be allowed to attend games, according to the guidelines put out by the Lakers athletic department. In this case, that means varsity, junior varsity, and freshman volleyball.
Only athletes and game management will be allowed in the gym while those games are going on, but the games will be livestreamed by Silver Lake online.
Outdoor sports are different. this fall, that means soccer, field hockey, and cross country.
At home, it works like this: every athlete on those teams gets two badges on a lanyard, and they pick who they give those to.
Then, the people who have those badges/lanyards may attend the game. There is an exception to the rule: if a younger relative cannot stay home alone, they can come with a family member.
In other words, students aren’t really allowed to attend games. Everyone in attendance at these events is expected to not only social distance, they are required to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of the virus.
Silver Lake honors lanyards from other Patriot League schools, and some other schools in the league are confirmed as doing the same: Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson, Hingham, Marshfield and Plymouth North.
At the conclusion of games, fans are expected to leave the premises and asked to not congregate.
It is possible that the Lakers end up revising these guidelines at some point before the end of the season; the guidelines do say they are hopeful that some students will be able to attend games by the end of the season.