NEWTON, NJ—Newton High School will immediately allow parents to attend sports in person, following the ruling that Governor Murphy announced Friday, Feb. 12. The plan Murphy laid out included:

  • A limited number of parents and guardians will be allowed for all indoor and outdoor high school and other youth sporting events.
  • School districts and other operators may choose to allow up to two (2) parents/guardians per participating athlete under the age of 21 to attend practices and competitions, as long as attendance does not cause indoor events to exceed 35{066dbc63777e5ed549f406789d72fdeebd77a32711d57f7b38ff2b35c4ba2a42} of capacity or 150 people total.
  • Public health guidance must be adhered to.

According to Newton High School Athletic Director, Ryan Hashway, through the NJAC, Newton will be allowing spectators in accordance with what Governor Murphy announced today.

“So, it will be two caregivers per athlete and we will still be following all the safety protocols; masks all the time and still social distancing,” he said.

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Hashway also said Newton will be taking a head count of how many people are entering the gym per game.  The staff will be clearing the gym in between games and sanitizing before the parents come in for the next game.

The Newton High School has been hosting boys and girls basketball games and practices without spectators since the winter season was allowed to officially begin on January 25.

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