AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES IN CERTAIN COUNTIES FOR GRADUATION OR COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES IN PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND TO CERTAIN LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS TO ALIGN THE SCHOOL CALENDARS OF THOSE UNITS WITH LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGES.
Applicable to the counties of Forsyth, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin only, establishes the following requirements for indoor and outdoor sporting events at qualifying schools, defined to include public and nonpublic schools, community colleges, and UNC constituent institutions, notwithstanding emergency executive or secretarial orders or directives. Sets a permitted occupancy range for sporting facilities with a certificate of occupancy in accordance with the State Building Code, limiting spectators to no less than 25% and no more than 50% capacity. Defines spectator to exclude athletes and their families, as defined, school employees, entertainers, and support staff. Requires qualifying schools to comply with the following in allowing access to sporting facilities, so long as the applicable requirements do not conflict with the act: (1) the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12), as it existed February 2, 2021; (2) Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs, as it existed on January 28, 2021; and (3) Interim Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education, as it existed December 23, 2020. Expires at the earlier of December 31, 2021, or the date the Governor issues an executive order rescinding Executive Order No. 116 (2020), or lifts restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings related to the COVID-19 pandemic.