Austin ISD restricts sport attendance in response to Stage 5 guidelines

Indoor sports audiences will be limited to two spectators per player on a team, according to an AISD news release. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Indoor sports audiences will be limited to two spectators per player on a team, according to an AISD news release. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Indoor sports audiences will be limited to two spectators per player on a team, according to an AISD news release. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Austin ISD Athletics released new policies around mask wearing and spectatorship Jan. 11 amid the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the city.

Audiences of indoor sports games will be restricted to two spectators per player, and all visitors are now required to wear their masks, according to the Jan. 11 news release from AISD.


The district will also require masks for athletes when they are not engaged in vigorous activity, including while on the sidelines, in locker rooms, meetings and other nonactive situations, the release said.

Athletic teams—including varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams in high schools—will practice separately during workouts to avoid further COVID-19 exposure. Teams will also maintain attendance rosters and go through verbal symptom screening every day. Athletes need to bring their own labeled water bottle to practice, and access to locker rooms will be limited by staggering when teammates enter and exit.

The updated recommendations are part of the district’s response to the Stage 5 of the COVID-19 risk-based guidelines for Travis County, and the changes are in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the release said.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.