50 percent capacity allowed in some high school stadiums

50 percent capacity allowed in some high school stadiums
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that starting Friday, Oct. 23, high school outdoor stadiums will be allowed to move to 50% capacity in parishes that have a COVID-19 positivity rate of 5% or less the previous two weeks. However, none of Southwest Louisiana’s parishes qualify. (Source: WAFB)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that starting Friday, Oct. 23, high school outdoor stadiums will be allowed to move to 50 percent capacity in parishes that have a COVID-19 positivity rate of 5 percent or less the previous two weeks.

Basile High School in Evangeline Parish is the only Southwest Louisiana school that qualifies.

Currently, 26 parishes qualify, according to the governor’s office.

  • Assumption
  • Avoyelles
  • Catahoula
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Evangeline
  • Grant
  • Iberia
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson
  • Lafayette
  • Madison
  • Orleans
  • Rapides
  • St. Bernard
  • St. Charles
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • St. Landry
  • St. Martin
  • St. Mary
  • St. Tammany
  • Terrebonne
  • Vermilion
  • West Feliciana
  • Winn

Schools will not have to opt-in to the seating capacity.

The mask mandate and socially distancing will still be required. Gov. Edwards will sign an executive order, and the mandate will go into effect starting on Friday.

If parishes again rise to a 10 percent positivity rate, the capacity will return to 25 percent.

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