KARNS CITY, Pa. (KDKA) — The Karns City School District superintendent says he is accomodating the requests of his constituents by opening the stadium to fans.
The district allowed fans to attend the high school football game on Friday against DuBois with safety protocols in place. Fans were expected to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.READ MORE: Local Police Departments Team Up To Enforce Pedestrian Traffic Laws
The stadium seats approximately 2,000 fans but also includes green space around the stadium. The district used all the space in order to permit social distancing.
The Wolf administration is encouraging districts to “voluntarily enforce” gathering limits after a federal judge ruled the governor’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional.READ MORE: Just Hanging Out: Butler County Man Twice Catches Bear On Camera In His Yard
Superintendent Eric Ritzert said allowing fans back is not him thumbing his nose at Governor Tom Wolf. Instead, he is simply trying to accommodate the requests of his constituents, including parents who wish to cheer on their children and be at the stadium in case of an emergency.
“This is about choices,” said Ritzert. “And it’s about balancing rights and freedoms and the ability to see your children play.”MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Ending Extended Jobless Benefits, Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
Ritzert encouraged anyone who may be vulnerable to the coronavirus to stay home and stream the game online.