Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has issued social distancing measures for college and university outdoor stadiums and game day events during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the order, everyone 6 years old and up must wear a mask. Everyone must practice social distancing with people not in their household, and capacity is limited to 25%. No pregame tailgating or rallies outside the stadium are permitted, concession stands are open for grab-n-go food and drink, and contactless and touchless transactions when possible. Elevators occupancy is limited to no more than five people at a time.
The governor said Southern Mississippi has a game in two weeks and that the new rules are meant to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“I know this is no fun, but it’s better than other states with no football,” said Reeves on Thursday during a news conference.
The new order is in effect until Aug. 31 at 8 a.m., according to a press release.
Mississippi's health department has reported 75,449 positive cases of coronavirus and 2,190 deaths.
To note: The numbers above were released by the Mississippi Department of Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.