Alabama will allow fans in the stands at high school football games, but social distancing rules will be used

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When the 2020 high school football season in Alabama begins August 20, players will be able to hear the “roar of the crowd.” However, it may not be as loud as usual, because facilities will need to implement social distancing rules that will keep down the size of the crowds during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association has said fans are allowed at games, but the crowd size will be reduced under the state’s current Safer at Home rules.

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According to an AHSAA news release, players, coaches, officials, and spectators may not congregate within 6 feet of a person from another household except to the extent necessary, and only to the extent necessary, for players, coaches, and officials to directly participate in the athletic activity. Spectators must wear a mask or other facial covering that covers the nostrils and mouth at all times while within 6 feet of person from another household. Limited exceptions are allowed, such as for children who have not yet entered second grade and for people with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a facial covering.

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That six-foot distancing rule for spectators likely will significantly reduce attendance at most football stadiums and crowd size will vary depending on the size of the venue.

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