Governor Roy Cooper hopefully looking to find ways to get more fans into High School Football Games:Introducing Executive Order(Let Them Play and Let Us Watch)
RALEIGH, N.C. — More fans could soon be allowed at high school sporting events across North Carolina.
from www.wralsportsfan.com and HS OT:
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Thursday that he will issue a new executive order next week which could include loosening restrictions on the number of spectators allowed at high school sporting events.
Under the current executive order, indoor events are limited to 25 spectators and outdoor events are limited to 100 spectators. The executive order is slated to expire at the end of the month.
Cooper said the metrics surrounding COVID-19 continue to move in the right direction, but that it was important for people to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
“We’re feeling more positive about the situation and this executive order runs out at the end of the month and you’ll hear from us next week regarding a new executive order. That’s one of the issues that health officials are looking at — the desire to increase the number of spectators at events,” Cooper said. “That’s something that health experts are working on, they’re looking at the data, they’re talking to people in other states, they’re talking to the CDC, and hopefully we will see some changes in that area when we make the announcement on the new executive order next week.”….CLICK HERE to read more….
from NC Governmental Reports:
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE BILL DRS15041-MT-47A
Short Title: Let Them Play and Let Us Watch. (Public)
*****Sponsors: Senators Johnson, Sawyer, and Britt (Primary Sponsors).*****
1 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
2 AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPORTING FACILITIES IN
3 PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS.
4 Whereas, G.S. 115C-47(4) provides that “[l]ocal boards of education shall make all
5 rules and regulations necessary for the conducting of extracurricular activities in the schools
6 under their supervision, including a program of athletics …”; and
7 Whereas, the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States protects “the
8 right of the people peaceably to assemble”; Now, therefore,
9 The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
10 SECTION 1. Notwithstanding Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the General Statutes,
11 any executive order, secretarial order, or directive authorized pursuant to Article 1A of Chapter
12 166A of the General Statutes, or any other provision of law, for the remainder of the scheduled
13 2020-2021 school year, all public and nonpublic high schools shall limit the number of spectators
14 who are permitted to attend an outdoor sporting event, as follows:
15 (1) For each outdoor facility, including a park, field, or court, the number of
16 spectators shall amount to no more than forty percent (40%) of the facility’s
17 approved occupancy capacity under the fire code or, in the event the facility
18 does not have an occupancy capacity under the fire code, no more than seven
19 persons for every 1,000 square feet.
20 (2) In allowing access to outdoor sporting facilities in high schools, schools shall
21 comply with all requirements of both of the following, to the extent those
22 requirements do not conflict with this act:
23 a. The StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12), as that guidance
24 existed on February 2, 2021.
25 b. Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and
26 Amateur Sports Programs, as that guidance existed on January 28,
28 SECTION 2. For purposes of this act, the term “spectator” does not include athletes,
29 employees of a public or nonpublic high school, entertainers, or staff providing support for the
30 sporting event.
31 SECTION 3. Nothing in this act shall be construed to prohibit a school, in the
32 discretion of the governing body of that school, from implementing stricter access to an outdoor
33 sporting event at that school.
34 SECTION 4. This act is effective when it becomes law.