When Pasco County high schools kicked off their football season, they implemented several safety protocols to protect against coronavirus spread.
These included limiting seating to half of stadium capacity, using electronic ticketing and requiring facial coverings.
Officials quickly saw that securing mask compliance was tough to enforce. After lengthy internal conversations, district officials announced late Monday that fans attending outdoor athletic activities on district property won’t have to wear masks while seated.
The requirement will remain in place while entering and leaving the facility, heading to the stands, and walking around the event site to do things such as buy concessions or use the restrooms.
District spokesman Steve Hegarty called the change “small but significant,” and likened it to the rules that patrons must follow at restaurants and businesses. They are…