Tailgating will be allowed before Tennessee football home games this season, but in a restricted capacity, according to guidelines released by the UT athletic department on Tuesday.
University-sponsored tailgating will not occur. Additionally, large gatherings with inherent social-distancing challenges will be prohibited. Small gatherings that follow health and safety guidelines will be allowed, subject to these rules:
- Fans are asked to perform a health self-screen and stay home if they feel sick or might have been exposed to COVID-19. Fans are encouraged to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list of COVID-19 symptoms.
- Parking lots will open four hours before kickoff.
- Gatherings should include only family or individuals who plan to sit together in the stadium, at their own spaces.
- Only permit-holders may park on campus on game days.
- One tent per vehicle is allowed. Tents larger than 10-foot-by-10-foot pop-ups will be prohibited. Tents cannot block a parking space or block entry and exit lanes in a parking area.
- Fans should wear masks except when eating and should maintain social distancing. Masks are required in the stadium.
Guidelines are subject to change if recommended safety measures are not followed.
Because water fountains and water stations will be closed throughout the stadium for the 2020 season, fans will be allowed to bring one factory-sealed, unopened clear water bottle into the stadium.
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