MU Announces Changes to Outdoor Spectator Policy
March 10, 2021
The Methodist University Department of Athletics, in consultation and coordination with the USA South Athletic Conference and MU Health Services, has updated the spectator policy for home outdoor sporting events. There will be a limited number of spectators allowed to attend those events effective Feb. 26, 2021. Home outdoor spectators will be limited to the following:
Methodist University Athletics Home Outdoor Spectator Guidelines and Protocols
Spectator Entrance Requirements
- Spectators for home outdoor athletic contests will be limited to two tickets per student-athlete.
- Methodist will reserve two tickets per participating student-athlete for those who they choose to attend outdoor athletic events for their particular sport.
- All events will require a ticket.
- Student-athletes can put two names on the ticket list for each contest. If your name is not on the list you will not be allowed to attend the contest. Before coming to campus, please confirm with your student-athlete that your name is on the list.
- Methodist University students, faculty, and staff will be allowed to attend on a first-come, first-served basis until the venue has reached the capacity limit. Capacity limits will be based on the ability to maintain social distancing, as advised by health officials, in the different athletic venues. Students, faculty, and staff will need to show their current MU ID Card at the venue entrance. (No family members)
- No other spectators will be allowed on the MU campus.
- No fans of visiting teams will be allowed on the MU campus.
- Spectators will not be allowed to enter the athletic venue until 15 minutes prior to the event.
Spectator Protocols and Guidelines
- Everyone must wear masks at all times (over their nose and mouth) and stay socially distant (a minimum of six feet) from other spectators or they will be asked to leave. Failure by event attendees to comply with institutional or conference policies may lead to the suspension and/or termination of the contest.
- Spectators may not interact with team members or coaching staff members before, during or after the contest. When the contest is over, spectators must immediately exit the venue. Spectators must also stay away from locker room areas before, during and after the contest.
- No tailgating before, during or after the contest.
- No food will be allowed in the venue.
- No pets will be allowed in the venue.
- Bleacher seating will be spaced out for social distancing. We encourage spectators to bring their own lawn chairs so they can spread out at our venues. Many of our athletic venues have space in grass areas where spectators can sit in their own lawn chairs.
MU will continue to offer as many live-streamed games as possible on www.mumonarchs.com. MUmonarchs.com is also the home for the “Guidelines for Spectator Attendance.” These guidelines for spectators may vary from sport to sport and will be strictly enforced for the safety of the participants and campus. MU will be monitoring attendance, and the actions of attendees, very closely to continue our efforts of strategically minimizing risk.
As we will adhere to spectator protocols, MU will also continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID on campus, in the city, and around the state. Based on the recommendations of health officials, our administration, and the USA South Athletic Conference, we may be compelled to revert to a “No Spectators” policy at any time.
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Vice President and Director of Athletics
Methodist’s Division III athletics programs will be conducted consistent with NCAA and USA South Conference and North Carolina State Health best practices and guidelines. The priority will be on the health and safety of student-athletes, mitigating the risks for sport participants and staff through hygiene and regular health screening.
Student-athlete Medical Clearance
All new and returning student-athletes are required to complete our athletic training questionnaire. New student-athletes are also required to complete a physical examination prior to being cleared to participate in intercollegiate athletics. The link to our student-athlete medical paperwork is listed below. https://mumonarchs.com/sports/2008/8/24/athletic_training.aspx#s-a-paperwork
Student-athlete Screening & Monitoring
Regular Health Screenings
Due to the close contact required for training and competition, regular health screenings will be adopted. Under the guidance of the athletic training staff and University Health Center, student-athletes will be regularly screened for COVID-19 symptoms. This may include health screening questionnaires, physical examinations and temperature checks.
All athletics facilities in use will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of once daily by Housekeeping Services. Athletics will designate staff to disinfect locker rooms between each workout. Housekeeping services will do a thorough cleaning of the spaces in the evenings.
Athletes will disinfect weight room equipment immediately after use with the spray bottles and/or disinfecting wipes in the weight rooms. After each session staff will clean the equipment at every rack. At the end of each day staff will do one more thorough cleaning of the weight room equipment.
In student-athlete support areas and locker rooms, enhanced cleaning practices will be employed. This will include shared responsibility by those using the spaces (wiping down areas before and after use), cleaning by staff members at regular intervals and deep cleaning by the assigned custodian. Hand sanitizers, wipes, and antiviral sprays will be utilized where necessary.
In student-athlete support areas and locker rooms, including weight rooms, training rooms and the academic support services offices, capacities will be reduced, and staggered schedules will be created to facilitate physical distancing.
Athletics Leadership along with the ERT Team will develop sport-specific mitigation strategies pertaining to acclimatization, practices, balls or playing apparatuses, equipment, sanitization, travel, distancing, sport-specific venues and activities. Guidance from the NCAA Sports Science Institute, the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine and other sport specific governing bodies will be used to develop these plans for the return and resocialization of sport.
Athletic Staff Directory
If you have specific questions related to your sport, please reach out to our coach or athletic training staff. Our staff directory is listed on our website.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, our dedicated email address for COVID-19 communications.