HAWAII ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) — Hawaii County parents are pleading with Big Island Interscholastic Federation officials to change its ban on fans at school sports games.

The rule went into effect on January 4 due to the continued rise in coronavirus cases.

The BIIF President said their decision had been carefully considered.

“It’s an extracurricular activity that we wanted to be able to open in the safest way possible for the students, and that’s why. It’s for students, honestly. It’s not for the parents, it’s not for anyone else, it’s so that the students can play a sport that they couldn’t play more than a year ago. said Dean Cevallos.

The Hawaii College Football Girls of Kamehameha Schools took to the field against the Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea on Wednesday afternoon.

Junior Sophia Wilson, 16, wishes her parents were there to watch her perform.

“There were a lot of requirements that had to be met to allow the season to go through, like getting vaccinated and all that. So it’s sad to me that people who want to attend the games have done everything they can to do so and they’re still not allowing spectators,” Wilson said.

Wilson is both vaccinated and boosted, just like her parents.

An online petition asking BIIF to reconsider the rule has now garnered more than 1,100 signatures. It indicates they are willing to mask up, social distance, show proof of vaccination, negative tests, basically whatever it takes.

“Some of the parents actually had their kids vaccinated and vaccinated themselves just so they could do it, and now they’re being denied that,” said parent and coach Alika Querubin, who started the petition. . .

“It’s very, very frustrating. At the same time, we see cruise ships arriving at the port of Hilo.

Querubin said athletes, even coaches, have signed his petition. He said he even received a phone call from Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth last week expressing his support.

“We are 100% supportive of parents being able to monitor their children,” Hawaii County Communications Director Cyrus Johnasen said.

“We have to allow that. It is our duty as people, as administrators of this county to ensure that parents have the opportunity to see their children flourish and succeed, and part of that is through sport.

Cevallos said they would look into the petition. However, the rule is maintained until further notice.

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