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NMAA allows limited fan capacity at sporting events


Last updated 3/4/2021 at 7:09pm

ALBUQUERQUE -- The New Mexico Activities Association announced Thursday night that limited amounts of spectators will be permitted at prep sporting events, with capacity levels based on county metrics on COVID-19 spread.

The spectator policy is based on the state’s “Red to Green” county-based system that measures counties every two weeks based on the gating criteria of eight or fewer daily cases per 100,000 residents and test positivity at or below 5%. Red counties meet neither, yellow counties meet one, green counties meet both and turquoise counties meet the green criteria for consecutive two-week periods.

In turquoise counties, spectators will be permitted at 75% capacity in outdoor settings and 33% in indoor settings.

In green counties, spectators will be permitted at 50% outdoor capacity and 25% indoor capacity.

In yellow counties, spectators will be permitted at 25% outdoor capacity with no spectators permitted in indoor settings.

Spectators will not be permitted in red counties.

Area green counties include Quay and De Baca, while area yellow counties include Curry, Roosevelt and Chaves counties.

“We are so excited about the opportunity to have spectators at some school sporting events,” NMAA Executive Director Sally Marquez said. “We have been working hard with the governor’s office, the Public Education Department and the Department of Health to find a way to safely allow fans at the games. We all have something to cheer about.”


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