HARRISBURG – Lancaster County Sen. Scott Martin called on Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Health Secretary to develop guidelines on allowing spectators to attend fall sports activities, including at a minimum, parents of athletes. In a letter to the governor, Martin noted that the presence of family and loved ones at games can enhance the experience of school sports for young people – so long as it can be done in a way that is safe for both students and participants. Martin, who serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee, said it’s his belief that the Commonwealth can safely permit spectators, parents, and family members to attend fall athletic events if proper mitigation measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He pointed out that many fall sports, such as tennis, field hockey, and football, take place in large outdoor venues when social distancing can be practiced and where the risk of spreading COVID-19 is minimized.

SEN. SCOTT MARTIN