The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association football season kicks off Friday night with close to 20 games in the Chattanooga area.
Here are a list of the TSSAA's health and safety guidelines for staging games during the COVID-19 pandemic:
At each contest all coaches, players, team personnel, officials, administrators and fans must have their temperatures checked before entering the facility. No one whose temperature measures 100.4 or greater may be admitted.
At each contest the following symptom checklist shall be posted prominently at the spectator entrance(s) instructing that anyone who is experiencing any of these symptoms during the preceding 7 days must not be admitted: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, shaking chills, chest pain (pressure or tightness with exercise), fatigue or difficulty with exercise, racing heart rate, unusual dizziness, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, unusual rash or painful discoloration of fingers or toes.
At contests in localities where fan attendance is permitted, members schools are encouraged to limit fan attendance to a number that will allow adequate social distancing (e.g., 1/4 to 1/3 of typical seating capacity, depending on the characteristics of the particular venue) and should mark/designate bleachers or seats in order to promote social distancing among spectators. Member schools must facilitate compliance with any applicable state or local order limiting gathering sizes for participation in public events. In consultation with local health providers, member schools in areas experiencing high virus transmission should consider further limitations on attendance (e.g., family members only or no spectators). Limit informal gathering areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Member schools will require that all fans wear facial coverings at all times while on site (except for children under age 2) and maintain social distancing (six feet, or the equivalent of two empty seats between themselves and other fans) from anyone other than those living in the same household.
The temperature check and social distancing requirements shall also apply to members of a school band or pep band, cheerleaders or other similar student groups attending a contest in a supporting role. Due to the potential increased risk of virus transmission during certain activities, the use of school bands at contests is discouraged. If the band is present, limit to a halftime performance or relocate the band from the stands to other available areas away from crowds and increase the amount of physical distance between band members. Increase the amount of physical distance between cheerleaders as well as between cheerleaders and other persons if projected voices are to be used.
The host school is responsible for providing staff to engage in frequent cleaning and sanitizing of restroom facilities during contests.
Concession stands are discouraged because they tend to invite gatherings of people in close quarters.