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How SEC football fans can attend games this season amid coronavirus pandemic

Adam Sparks
Nashville Tennessean
Florida fans celebrate during last year's game against Georgia in Jacksonville. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer

NASHVILLE — The SEC on Tuesday released its guidelines for fans to potentially attend football games during the COVID-19 pandemic this season.

Each member school can adopt additional protocols consistent with the local, state and campus circumstances. The SEC football season will include conference-only games, beginning Sept. 26. Here are the key points of the SEC's fan attendance guidelines:

  • Each school can determine the number of fans attending its home games with considerations of state and local guidelines as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
  • Face coverings must be worn by fans when entering, exiting or moving within the stadium as well as any time a fan cannot maintain social-distancing from others who are not in the same household. Stadium workers must wear face coverings at all times.
  • Barriers must be installed at points-of-sale or otherwise all concessions staff must wear a face shield plus a mask.
  • Grab-and-go concessions will be utilized at many points-of-sale locations. Beverages and condiments will be handed directly to guests rather than self-serve.
  • Signage will be placed throughout the stadium detailing guidelines about face coverings and social-distancing, as well as a mandate that no one should enter the stadium if he or she displays COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All tickets will be digitally scanned.
  • "Suite hopping" in the suite and club levels will not be allowed.
  • Each school will determine whether tailgating and team walks are permitted in accordance with local, state and campus guidelines.

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