All fans age 2 or older at high school sports events in Iowa will now be required to wear a mask or face covering in order to attend. That stipulation came as part of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ proclamation Monday, in which she gave new guidance in response to rising COVID-19 case numbers in her state.

In her proclamation, Reynolds also wrote that crowds at high school sports events will be limited to two spectators per “athlete, performer or competitor.”

Reynolds said high school sports are not subject to her new guidance that prohibits indoor gatherings of 15 or more people and outdoor gatherings of 30 or more people.

She also said college sports aren’t subject to those rules but did not give any further guidance on college sports.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds gives a prime-time televised address announcing new efforts to combat COVID-19 in the state, on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Iowa PBS, in Johnston, Iowa.

Outside professional, high school and college sports, Reynolds banned any form of organized recreational sporting events, including recreation-league basketball and swimming lessons.

The Iowa state football championship games are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Crowds at last week’s semifinals were limited to 2,400 fans; that number will now be far lower, following Reynolds’ proclamation.

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