AN ACT TO PERMIT INCREASED ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPORTING FACILITIES IN PUBLIC AND NONPUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES.
Includes whereas clauses. Limits the scope of the act to Alexander, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, and Swain counties. Authorizes all public and nonpublic high schools to limit the number of spectators at outdoor sporting events for the remainder of the scheduled 2020-21 school year, as follows. Defines spectator to exclude athletes, school employees, entertainers, and event support staff. Caps spectators at 50% capacity of an outdoor facility's approved occupancy capacity under the building code, or no more than seven persons for every 1,000 feet for those without an approved occupancy capacity. Specifies that for outdoor facilities allowing spectators to bring their own seats, individuals sitting in their own seats do not count toward the limit if the individuals maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and anyone outside of their family unit. Requires high schools to comply with the requirements of the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit as it existed on February 2, 2021, and the Interim Guidance for Administrators and Participants of Youth and Amateur Sports Programs as it existed on January 28, 2021, in allowing access to outdoor sporting facilities so long as the requirements are consistent with the act's provisions. Does not prohibit a school's implementation of stricter access to outdoor sporting events at that school.
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