LSU punts CDC wellness check, brings back booze
LSU updated the gameday protocol for fans attending games at Tiger Stadium to eliminate CDC-recommended wellness checks and reintroduce alcohol from vendors.
The announcement from the Tigers comes days before No. 17 LSU hosts Missouri in an 8 p.m. ET game Saturday night.
LSU athletics said it made adjustments to COVID-19 protocol based on data from fans.
“We closely monitored all aspects of game day with the new protocols in place knowing there would be areas for improvement,” said senior associate athletic director Robert Munson. “Among numerous tweaks and adjustments, observations and data gathered from fans highlighted five primary areas for modifications to our procedures and some areas of emphasis for fans.”
Wellness checks, including a temperature screening, were part of the initial plan approved by LSU for home athletic events.
LSU officials said that they instead encourage fans to conduct a self-assessment before heading to the game to check for COVID-19 symptoms.
Alcohol sales will not include the previous practice of emptying cans and bottles into cups, the athletic department said.
LSU will issue an in-stadium reminder to ticket-holders Saturday to enter the stadium wearing a mask. Fans are being asked to wear masks in corridors, concessions and restroom lines.
–Field Level Media