Hoosier Hysteria can now begin, as fans of Wayne County high school sports will have a chance to attend games as sectionals approach.

Local high school gyms are now allowed to fill 25 percent of their seating capacity as long as COVID cases continue decreasing from their recent surge. Those numbers will include cheerleaders and spirit bands, who have had to be sidelined during the indoor winter sports season.

That development was announced Friday in a letter signed by the superintendents of the county’s five local public high schools (Centerville, Hagerstown, Lincoln, Northeastern and Richmond).

It will include all winter sports, such as basketball, wrestling, swimming and gymnastics.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced earlier in the week that gathering restrictions would be changed to reflect the state’s COVID data trending in the right direction.

His new executive order allows for as much as 25 percent capacity at events in counties that are in the orange, or second-worst of Indiana’s four color categories for virus statistics.

Each school will announce more details as they become available.

Read more on this story, including reactions from local school leaders and health officials, in a future edition of Western Wayne News.

Wayne County high school cheerleaders, band members, athletes, fans and parents are invited to send a comment for publication consideration to customerservice@hmgccity.com.  Please include your name, what school you attend or root for, your town, and a phone number for verification and/or more information if needed. Thank you!

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