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LSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

For Immediate Release - October 8, 2021

TIGER STADIUM COVID-19 PROTOCOLS LIFTED


BATON ROUGE -- With the consistent and significant decline in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations across the state of Louisiana and in the Baton Rouge area, LSU will lift its COVID-19 entrance protocols for football games in Tiger Stadium, beginning with the Tigers’ October 16th game against Florida.

In accordance with state and campus guidelines, all guests will still be required to wear masks in the indoor areas of the stadium.

“The COVID-19 rates in Louisiana have dropped dramatically across the state over the last couple of weeks, and today, the state has a positivity rate below five percent,” said Dr. Catherine O’Neal, Chief Medical Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge and a member of the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force. “Because of this success, we are able to lift the vaccine and testing requirements for entry into Tiger Stadium. By balancing mitigation efforts and risk in the ongoing fight to end the pandemic, we can protect our community and safely celebrate the traditions that bring us together.”

Beginning October 16th, guests will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance to Tiger Stadium. Gameday testing, fast pass preverification, and all other entrance-related procedures will no longer be in place, and masks will no longer be required in outdoor locations of the stadium for guests under 12 years of age.

“We cannot thank our fans enough for stepping up to help stop the spread while still supporting the Tigers,” LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said. “Their commitment to protecting our community and supporting our student-athletes has never wavered. We remain fully committed to providing a gameday experience that is as safe and as enjoyable as possible for all guests, and we will continue to work with University leadership and rely on medical expertise to ensure we are taking reasonable and necessary precautions to protect the health of our community.”

COVID-19 in Louisiana has consistently and continually declined in recent weeks. Hospitalizations have decreased by 80 percent over the past seven weeks, and the state’s percent positivity is less than five percent, well below its August peak near 16 percent. Since August 1, the state’s vaccination rate has increased by 23 percent, with now more than 2.1 million Louisianans fully vaccinated.

“This is amazing progress,” Dr. O’Neal said. “But the game is not over. This virus will surge again, and Louisiana must be prepared before it arrives yet again by getting vaccinated. The vaccines we have are safe and effective, and getting vaccinated is our best shot at defeating COVID-19.”

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6R1232 months
They made their decision and screwed up bad. Why not stick to that decision? If it was a decision to protect people and not allow the super spreaders in, why change course now????????????? MONEY........
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GetmorewithLes32 months
Dont worry. Voluntary social distancing will be in practice this week in TS
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Drizzt32 months
This was such a huge backfire. Whoever agreed to this is a joke.
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cphill32 months
After the loss to UK tonight, you will probably be OK in TS......who wants to come watch this s-show ????
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Vernonbrew2232 months
We Comin
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LSUISTHEBEST2232 months
FOLLOW THE MONEY.....$$$$$
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LSU61532 months
Whether the cases are on the rise or declining, masks and these protocols do nothing but make those who have been scared to death by the main-stream media and Democrats desperate to get Trump out of office feel warm and fuzzy inside.
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oline526432 months
Who didn’t see this coming?
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SouthernInsanity32 months
So will the players carry CEO off the field on their shoulders after the win?
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glorymanutdtiger32 months
But let’s force 5 year old in kindergarten to stay in mask while they are at school because that don’t cost us any money
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DandA32 months
"and masks will no longer be required in outdoor locations of the stadium for guests under 12 years of age." Directly from the article above... Uh. What? Anyone over 12 is still required to wear one in outdoor settings? Cool, no more vaccination cards or negative tests to get inside, but will this actually be enforced? This is a classic smoke and mirrors move. frick them. And tell JBE to go frick himself too.
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87PurpleandGold32 months
Bout damn time! Woke goes broke...every time.
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davidlsu32 months
Waited a bit to late and the team is awful people are enjoying their Saturdays outside football
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Mrwhodat32 months
Kabuki Theater switch is now off.
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dred2432 months
Hopefully now they’ll start a new protocol and ban shitty coaching.
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s232 months
this has all been hyped from the beginning and many people can't see it. look back at the lies that were reported by the media and the government imposed mandates which crippled businesses nation wide. and now the unvaxxed are considered terrorists. school boards accusing parents of being terrorists. will they start taking kids away from parents? none of this crap is normal and it's unconstitutional. we the people are losing our God given rights.
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BananaHammock32 months
??
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RichJ32 months
“ Because of this success, we are able to lift the vaccine and testing requirements for entry into Tiger Stadium. No, because of falling revenues. Again, follow the $$$
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Drizzt32 months
This was the dumbest rule ever…but I’m glad it got me to ask for a refund on my season tickets. Thanks Tate!
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Hurricane Mike32 months
One things Dim's don't take into account when they implement their retarded communism is the blow back once they realize their retarded communism didn't work, I'm still not going to Tiger Stadium
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Dcurry8032 months
Translation. It was costing us too much money so we have decided to abandon the made up crisis.
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