As the spread of COVID continues to affect all of us many schools have announced that they have begun the process to eliminate spectators at all athletic events for the next couple of weeks.

One Dutchess County school has put a limit on the number of spectators at each game and now both the Middletown City School District and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District have announced that starting immediately they will no longer allow any spectators at any and all athletic events held on school grounds.

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According to the Middletown school district website, the school is changing its spectator policy "out of an abundance of caution, we will be modifying our current spectator policy for athletic competitions at Middletown (MHS, Monhagen and Twin Towers). Please be advised that we are not accepting home or away spectators at any of our home competitions at MHS, Monhagen or Twin Towers. We will continue to monitor our situation and will revisit our new spectator policy on January 14th. We will continue to Livestream our wrestling, basketball, and swimming competitions at MHS for our varsity and JV levels. Sorry for the inconvenience."

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The same message was confirmed on the Newburgh schools website, "athletic events and practices will continue as scheduled, however, out of an abundance of caution, we will be modifying our current spectator policy for athletic events. No spectators will be permitted at any "home games" at all locations. This update applies to both home and visiting/away spectators. We will continue to monitor the situation and will revisit this protocol on January 14th. We will continue to live stream competitions that are held in the NFA Main gymnasium and Academy Field through the NFHS Network.

The Newburgh school district also added that Fine and Performing Arts rehearsals, auditions, and events will continue as scheduled, however, out of an abundance of caution, no spectators or audience members will be allowed to attend.

Once both schools update the policy on January 14th we will update this article to reflect any and all changes.

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