Mar 11, 2020 6:36 PM

Health Officials: Boys state basketball tournament should be played with no fans

Posted Mar 11, 2020 6:36 PM

By Scott Carlson-NP Post
LINCOLN, Neb.-To play or not to play is not necessarily the question being asked in reference to the Nebraska Boys State Basketball Tournament in Lincoln. Rather, the question is who will be allowed to watch.

Health officials in the City of Lincoln held a news conference this morning and recommended that the tournament, which starts tomorrow, be played with immediate family only allowed to spectate.

According to the NSAA, teams will construct a "pass list" that they will turn over to NSAA. Anyone on the new pass list will have to buy new tickets to the events. 

The recommendation comes after confirmation of a fifth case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nebraska.

Officials say a high-school-aged student who tested positive for COVID-19 attended two games at the Girls State Basketball Tournament last weekend and went down onto the floor after the game to hug family members, potentially exposing hundreds of people to the virus, according to officials.

The woman reportedly stayed with family members in Lincoln, and those family members are now in self-quarantine.

The Nebraska School Activities Association is meeting to discuss what the tournament this weekend will look like and who will be allowed in venues during the tournament.

This is a developing story. We will have more details as they become available.

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