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Austin health officials skeptical of large crowds gathering for Texas football in 2020

Posted May 20th, 2020


Austin health officials are still skeptical large crowds will be able to gather at Texas football games this fall without good treatments or tests upon entry.

“As much as we want things to be back to normal, they are not back to normal yet,” Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott told reporters Wednesday.

As of now, there are no plans to change the 2020 UT football schedule or the amount of fans allowed into the 100,000-seat facility. But Texas officials continue to monitor things and follow the guidelines set forth by state and local officials, UT athletic director Chris Del Conte told the American-Statesman on Tuesday.


The university, not the city, makes all final decisions about UT athletics.

Starting this week, UT football coaches and a group of about 30 employees are being allowed back into their north end zone offices. To get in, they must follow new guidelines set forth in a 48-page document UT athletics created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To get inside, UT employees must fill out an online questionnaire before leaving their house each morning. Upon arrival, they must pass a temperature check and wear a face covering.

The Big 12 conference has suspended all athletic activity through May. Next week, a decision is expected to be made on when or if athletes can return in June.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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