Face coverings required for all fans, workers at SEC football games

Posted at 11:54 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 11:57:41-04

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (LEX 18) — The Southeastern Conference on Tuesday announced its health and safety guidelines for its 14 member schools to establish as the determine whether fans will officially be allowed to attend sporting events during the 2020-21 season.

Those guidelines include that all fans and university personnel will be required to wear face coverings while attending or working at the event.

Whether tailgating will be allowed at events will be left to the discretion of each university.

"These fan guidelines have been adopted by the 14 member schools of the Southeastern Conference as baseline recommendations for the campus management of fan health and safety," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Although local and state guidelines will determine if and how many fans can attend games, these guidelines provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games."

Institutions may adopt additional procedures and protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all in attendance.

The SEC previously announced its initial COVID-19 management requirements for the fall athletics season as recommended by the SEC's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force, focused on safety measures for student-athletes and others in direct contact with student-athletes in all sports.

The full list of safety guidelines announced Tuesday can be viewed here.