STANFORD (CBS SF) – Track and field officials announced Tuesday that spectators will no longer be allowed to attend indoor events at Stanford University, including home games for the defending women’s basketball team of the National Championship, and outdoor events this winter in the face of the Rising COVID-19 cases need to be socially distanced due to the omicron variant.
Under the new policy announced on Tuesday, participation in indoor sporting events will be limited to the families of student athletes with immediate effect. Meanwhile, spectators at outdoor events are socially distanced and the wearing of masks is mandatory.
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“Cardinal student athletes are fortunate to have tremendous support at our home events. However, after extensive consultation with medical advisors and the university administration, it became very clear that implementing these measures at this point is the right thing to do to protect our community, ”said the university’s sports director, Bernard Muir, in a statement.
Basketball is one of the sports affected, including the women’s basketball team, which currently ranks # 1. 2 in the country. Other sports affected include swimming and diving, gymnastics, and baseball and softball, which are slated to begin in February.
While campus remains open, Stanford is just beginning its quarter of online learning due to concerns about the Omicron variant. Students must also be given a booster vaccination or waiver by the end of the month.
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According to an email from Russell Furr, Associate Vice Provost of Environmental Health & Safety, 146 students were isolated in college dormitories on Monday afternoon after testing positive for COVID after the winter break.
“We are closely monitoring the situation and will keep you informed of any changes to campus protocols that may become necessary,” Furr wrote, according to Stanford Daily.
In-person learning is slated to resume after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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The university said that sporting events would be resuming full attendance “as soon as possible”.