Gov. Lee extends executive order restricting spectators at sporting events


File-This Nov. 10, 2020, file photo shows Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks with reporters in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has tweeted that his wife has mild symptoms of COVID-19 after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, that he has tested negative for the virus but will be quarantined at the Governor’s Residence out of an abundance of caution. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

TENNESSEE (WATE) — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has extended an executive order which added additional restrictions on who may attend sporting events in the state.

On the day Executive Order No. 70 was set to expire, Gov. Lee issued Executive Order No. 74, extending the restrictions.

TSSAA says that large scale attendance by spectators and students must be “curtailed.”

That means bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams will not attend games while this executive order is in place.

Below is a list of those allowed to attend practices or games:

  • Student-athletes on the team;
  • Players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members;
  • First Responders;
  • Coaching and team personnel;
  • School, game, and facility administrators;
  • Athletics officials; and
  • Media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity.

Social distancing with those from different households will be required.

However, while this executive order does not mandate the use of masks, the TSSAA’s requirement for use of masks does remain.

TSSAA says that these are minimum restrictions. Additional limitations on attendance as well as other restrictions depend on particular schools, facilities, and/or community circumstances.

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