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Southeastern Conference Announces Fan Health, Safety Guidelines for Football Games This Fall


The Southeastern Conference has announced guidelines for its 14 member schools to establish expectations to manage the health and safety of fans in preparation for the 2020 football season, pending future decisions related to the allowance of fans to attend games as the Conference continues to monitor developments around the COVID-19 virus.

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.

“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.  

Ticket information and other details surrounding attendance at 2020 Rebel home games will be announced soon.


Face Coverings

Food, Beverage and Merchandise

Gate Ingress/Egress

Guest Shuttles

o   Maintaining physical distancing while guests are on the shuttle, entering/exiting the shuttle and while waiting in lines to board the shuttle;

o   Requiring face coverings as a condition for shuttle usage for drivers and guests at all times while aboard the shuttle, entering/exiting and while waiting in line; and 

o   Planning to sufficiently and regularly disinfect the shuttle.

Plans for Disinfection, Symptomatic Guests, Communication/Public Relations and American with Disabilities Act

Premium Seating – Suites and Clubs

Public Areas Inside Stadium

o   Guest Seating

o   Concourses and Gathering Places

o   Dining Areas (high top tables, extended countertops, etc.)

o   Concessions Sales

o   Merchandise Sales

o   Restrooms

o   Elevators 

o   Escalators


o   Installing additional hand sanitizer and hand soap dispensers; and

o   Leaving doors open at entry/exit points.


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