Albuquerque Public Schools changed its fan policy for indoor sporting events on Monday.

Starting Wednesday and continuing through Tuesday, February 1, APS basketball and wrestling athletes will be allowed two fans per game or event.

Last week, APS announced that all fans would be banned for at least a two-week period, ending February 2.

The district will reassess again early next week before deciding how to proceed Feb. 2 and beyond. District athletic director Adrian Ortega said the district hopes to return to normal-sized crowds for basketball and wrestling beginning in the middle of next week.

Athletes will be required to submit two names to their coach.

For basketball, a limited number of fans will be admitted for C-Team games. After the match, the gymnasium will be emptied in order to let JV fans in. And this procedure will be repeated before the university competitions.

APS’s updated temporary policy will largely mirror that of Belen, which recently implemented a nearly identical revision.

Monday’s announcement means at least some fans will be able to attend the Albuquerque Metro Wrestling Championships this weekend, which take place in West Mesa. This event starts on Friday.

The fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19 initially led APS last week to ban fans for two weeks at its sporting events and activities.

Eldorado, with more than 5% of its student body having tested positive — 5% was the fan ban threshold — had already been banned from having fans even before the district-wide APS ruling. last week.

But Eldorado was doing fan admissions on a limited basis with the district’s 12 other high schools, athletic director Roy Sanchez said Monday.

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