Albert Lea creates safety guidelines for sports

"That's out of respect to our ticket staff and our workers. We'll ask our fans to please wear masks as they enter. Once they're in they can follow Department of Health guidelines. And if that means they're socially distant and they're outdoors, they will be able to remove their masks if they so choose," Albert Lea Activities Director Paul Durbahn said.

The guidelines differ for each sport. For outdoor sports like soccer, only 250 fans are allowed into games at Jim Gustafson Field to allow for social distancing. However, parents will be given vouchers to ensure that they can get tickets every game.

Girls swimming and diving begins this week and their meets will have no one in the stands because it is an indoors sport. The school is doing their best to make sure that families and friends still get to watch the action.

"Our goal is to live-stream as much as possible, especially when we have capacity restrictions with swimming going a virtual direction this year. Those meets will be pretty unique and the parents will still be able to dial in and watch there online. We were headed there in that direction and COVID just gives us another reason to push for it," Durbahn said.

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