Fans enjoy the football game between Jack Britt and Southview on Friday, August 17, 2018, at Jack Britt High School.

High school sports fans in Cumberland County will now be allowed to watch more games in person. 

Vernon Aldridge, director of student activities for Cumberland County Schools, released the school system’s updated attendance policy in an email Monday afternoon. 

“Starting (Monday) CCS will allow 30 percent capacity at outdoor athletic events in compliance with the latest governor’s executive order,” Aldridge said. 

Gov. Roy Cooper announced relaxed COVID-19 restrictions Feb. 24 during a news conference in Raleigh. Under the new order, outdoor sports venues can have a maximum of 30{066dbc63777e5ed549f406789d72fdeebd77a32711d57f7b38ff2b35c4ba2a42} of its stated capacity, eliminating the 100-person cap on attendance.

Even with the transition, COVID-19 protocols will remain in place. 

“Everyone in attendance must wear a face mask with both their mouth and nose covered at all times.  Fans will be expected to social distance and remain in the bleachers at all times with the exception of using the restroom or leaving the facility,” Aldridge said.