Schools are asking for 25% capacity increases at events and Taylorville School District is getting behind the movement. Legislators and educators have sent a letter to Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health. In the letter, they have asked Governor Pritzker the IDPH to loosen the restrictions on Grades K-12.
According to a press release issued from Dr. Chris Dougherty, the letter contains signatures from both Republican and Democrat members of the Legislature. Dr. Dougherty says that through conversations involved with school officials on hosting events, there have not been any viral outbreaks from these games. Dr. Dougherty praises the effort of school officials, athletic directors, and athletes to take the proper precautions to keep everyone safe.
She says that Taylorville School District remains committed to keeping social distance limits and the crowd only at 25%. The letter also says that by doing this, Governor Pritzker along with the IDPH can help families make memories that might be lost from people that wouldn’t be able to attend games or see their children and grandchildren compete.
The Illinois High School Association, along with the Illinois Association of School Boards, the Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of Athletic Directors all join the Illinois Principals Association signing the letter pushing for support of 25% fan and audience capacity at sporting and extracurricular events.