Utah HS Football Game Stopped Because Fans Not Following COVID-19 Protocols

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2020

Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano's game-winning field goal splits the uprights at the end of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. The Panthers won 33-30. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
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A high school football game in Utah was temporarily stopped Thursday because some fans in attendance were not wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines.

As seen in the following video courtesy of Stadium, American Fork High School athletic director Jeremy Lewis addressed the fans and told them they must follow COVID-19 protocols in order for the game to resume:

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American Fork High School AD Jeremy Lewis stopped his school's football game due to fans not following mask and social distancing requirements. He would not allow play to resume until fans followed the guidelines. https://t.co/RCq3Jt8nRM

Several fans could be seen not wearing masks in the video, and many of them were seated close together rather than being spaced out in their proper seats.

American Fork beat Timpview High School 31-21 to improve to 2-0 on the 2020 season, while Timpview fell to 0-2.

Last season, American Fork reached the 6A State Championship Game, but the Cavemen fell 49-14 to Corner Canyon High School.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there isn't much uniformity across the United States in terms of when high school football will be played.

Utah is among the states that started on time, but several have decided to delay the fall season or move it to 2020.

Multiple FBS college conferences have opted to delay their seasons until the spring as well, although the SEC, ACC and Big 12 are among the conferences planning to play fall football.

The NFL season is scheduled to begin in September.