COVID Spectator Policies

Father Tolton Catholic High School is required to follow the regulations and guidelines of the Boone County Health Department and the City of Columbia regarding large gatherings. At this time, for both inside and outside sports and activities, a total of 150 people can attend.  This includes participating students, officials, parent volunteers (for concessions, etc), security, media (including those associated with live streaming), other necessary staff members,and spectators.

Within the 150 maximum number of people allowed, the number of spectators is capped at 90.  If the number of students involved in the game is over 60, the number of spectators must be reduced accordingly.

Many communities in our area are not allowing any spectators at their sporting events.  In an effort to best serve our families, we have developed a plan that will allow us to include spectators at our games this fall.

General Guidelines for All Sports

Based on the information and guidelines that we have today, the following protocols will be enforced at each event, whether inside or outside:

  • Everyone must wear a mask or face covering unless they are actively participating in a sport or eating and drinking.
  • Physical distancing in our bleachers will be strictly enforced.
  • We will not admit spectators for the visiting team or the general public.
  • There will be no tailgating at events this year.


At home basketball games, we have up to 60 people involved in Basketball, Cheer, Dance, and Band. This includes coaches, medical and broadcasting personnel, security, and parent volunteers. Spectator capacity will be limited to 90 people.

To meet the cap for spectators, for each home basketball game, each Tolton basketball player will receive two tickets. Each cheerleader, dancer, and band member will receive one ticket. If there are any tickets leftover, they will be distributed to senior students.


Spectator capacity will be limited to 90 people. Tickets will be issued in advance of each home event to the families of Father Tolton wrestlers and coaches. 

At this time, no tickets will be distributed to visiting teams; however, if this changes, bleachers will be designated as “Home” and “Visitor” so that fans from different schools will not be seated together.


Practices and home meets take place at the Hickman High School pool; therefore, specific COVID-related procedures for swimming can be obtained from Hickman High School/Columbia Public Schools.

Live Streaming

Every effort will be made to live stream home athletic events at the JV and Varsity level. Live streams can be viewed on the Tolton Catholic Live Facebook page at:


Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.  There is no such thing as a perfect plan during these ever-changing and challenging times. We tried to be consistent and did our best for the students at Father Tolton Catholic High School.