Beginning Saturday, Feb. 12, Bend-La Pine Schools will no longer limit spectators at indoor school-sponsored athletic events held on district property.*
These limits were put in place as an additional mitigation measure to help slow community transmission of COVID-19 and help keep schools open during the peak of the Omicron surge. The return to allowing spectators comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to decline for the third week in a row in the county. Cases of COVID-19 are now substantially lower than when the decision was first made to limit spectators.
This chart from Deschutes County shows the rise and decline of COVID-19 case counts in recent weeks.
Schools continue to follow layered mitigation strategies during events, including screening spectators for illness, providing hand washing areas, and increasing air circulation. Masks continue to be required at all indoor events until March 31, 2022.
Bend-La Pine Schools COVID-19 Response and Recovery team reminds spectators that there is increased risk of spreading COVID-19 while engaging in optional indoor gatherings. CDC recommends reducing your risk by getting vaccinated when a vaccine is available to you, wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others.
*Spectator limits will not be lifted for the district swim meet Saturday, as the meet is following capacity limits established by the hosting facility.