There is nothing like playing sports in front of your fellow students and family and for a long time, because of the pandemic, local college athletes haven't been able to experience that. Now the governor has announced that spectators will be allowed in the stands at local college games starting this Friday.

When I was playing sports in college it was a motivation and really meant a lot when my parents and friends attended my games. I can't imagine not having any spectators to cheer on the athletes at such a high level. I was so happy to hear that they will start being allowed to the fields, courts, and stands at local colleges.

Although there will be limited spectators allowed, according to News 10 ABC, there will be loud and enthusiastic fans cheering on local college athletes. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that starting this Friday, April 2nd a limited amount of fans will be allowed into college sporting events.

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If a sports arena holds more than fifteen hundred fans indoors and twenty-five hundred fans outdoors, they will only be allowed ten percent indoor and twenty percent outdoor capacity. There must be proof of a recent negative COVID test or a complete COVID vaccination card before entering. Smaller college sports venues will be allowed two spectators per athlete or a gathering limit of one hundred inside and two hundred outside.

Of course, there will be certain protocols that must be followed at all college sporting events. Social distancing, masks, health screenings, and other COVID-19 health protocols must be followed. If selling merchandise, food and other athletic activities onsite must also adhere to state guidelines.

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