Lee County high school cheerleaders and bands will have fewer opportunities to perform at football games this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, only 100 spectators are allowed to attend football games in addition to players, coaches and support staff, per the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Bands and cheerleaders are also exempt from that occupancy limit, but school leaders still want to keep the number of people in the stadium low, said Reggie Peace, co-athletic director of Lee County High School.

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders will cheer at home games only, said Peace. That’s three games at Lee County High School and three at Southern Lee.

A decision has not yet been made on if bands will be allowed to perform, but if they are, games will have only a small pep band as opposed to the traditional marching band, Peace said.

Lee County’s first home game is March 12 against conference foe Triton. Southern Lee’s home opener versus Carrboro is March 5. The Brick City Bowl, Lee County at Southern Lee, is scheduled for April 9.