The Texas high school football season is ongoing, and stadiums are doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Corpus Christi TV station KRIS spoke to two local school districts about how they’re handling fans in the stands as the season nears its halfway point.
Cabaniss Field, which is one of the two stadiums overseen by Corpus Christi ISD senior director of athletics Brenda Marshall, has sections taped off to delineate where small groups can sit together. Seats set to remain empty are taped off, and groups are limited to three people.
That approach differs slightly from the tactic taken by Sinton ISD, where blue tape marks sections where groups of two, three or four people are allowed to sit.
“Every school district had it set up a different way,” Sinton ISD director of operations Eddie Hesseltine told KRIS. "Some places you were supposed to sit on the tape. Some places you weren’t supposed to sit on the tape. But people want to do right, so now, as we’ve gone on and played six or seven games, they understand how important it is and they know what to do."
Additional precautions, such as hand sanitization requirements for fans entering Sinton High School’s stadium, are in place and Hesseltine said he doubts they’ll be relaxed prior to the end of this season.
“I think it’s just the new normal for right now,” he said.
Meanwhile, social distanced seating will remain in effect at Cabaniss Field.
“You cannot let up," Marshall said. "We're halfway through the season, but we need to be as diligent as we were the first week of the season.”