Ashland Blazers vs. Lewis County

Lewis County’s Bailey Thomas (2) makes a shot during the 16th Region Tournament Championship Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Julianna Leach / The Trail Blazer.

The 16th Region Boys and Girls High School Basketball Tournament will look a little different this year for fans and local businesses due to Covid-19.

The tournament, which will take place at Morehead State University’s Academic Athletic Center, will follow CDC restrictions such as capacity limits, social distancing and food handling. The same restrictions will be seen at restaurants and shops around Morehead.

“If you’ve attended any of MSU’s basketball games this season, you have a picture of how it is going to look,” said Tim Rhodes, the tournament director. “We will have a reduced crowd to fit the capacity guidelines approved by the governor, and we will seat people according to CDC’s social distancing guidelines.”

In addition to capacity and social distancing guidelines, concessions will only be sold as bottled drinks and packaged snacks, there will be only reserved seats and tickets are being sold online.

“I feel very confident that we have taken steps to keep people as safe as we can,” said Rhodes. “While there are many changes, and we won’t have the large, excited crowds, we will have some incredible games and two great tournaments.”

Customers can see the 16th Region Tournament played on screens at Buffalo Wild Wings, which sees a rise in customers around large sporting events. They are also continuing to follow CDC restrictions.

“March is definitely going to be our busiest month of the year,” said Cody Smith, the manager at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We just have to continue following regulations. We have our party room laid out as best as we can so it can accommodate as many people as possible, but we don’t have a tent or anything anymore so we’re just kind of dealing with what capacity we have still.”

The tournament will feature 14 games with both boys and girls high school teams from the region and will take place from March 23 to March 27 at Johnson Arena.