LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - The Nebraska School Activities Association announced on Tuesday that only immediate family will be allowed to attend the Nebraska Boys State Basketball Tournament.
The move follows a recommendation from the Lancaster County Health Department as concerns mount about the coronavirus.
Immediate family includes parents, step-parents, guardians, siblings, grandparents and others living in the athlete’s household. School administrators will be required to provide a list of those persons meeting the qualifications for entry.
School administrators will be at the entrance of each venue to identify and grant entry to those persons on the list. Non-varsity boys’ basketball participants, cheerleaders, dance teams, school mascots and pep bands will not be allowed to attend the games.
Officials said the move was done so an environment wasn't created that makes things worse for the state of Nebraska.
The boys basketball tournament begins Thursday.
Hear more from officials about the move below.