As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper our country, including many Big 12 states, a new report from the Austin American-Statesman says that “large events” including “Longhorn Football games” are unlikely to take place through the end of 2020, according to public health officials in Austin, Texas.
“The large events are the first thing that we turned off and are going to be the last thing we’re going to turn back on because of that risk of exposing lots of people to one another, particularly individuals of the same household,” said interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott.
University of Texas officials say they are still in the monitoring phase and on Wednesday UT athletic director Chris Del Conte told the American-Statesman that as of now there are no plans to change the 2020 UT football schedule or the amount of fans allowed into the 100,000-seat facility.
Austin is currently in Stage 3 of its reopening plans, which allows low-risk people to gather, shop and dine out in groups of 10 or fewer.
Decisions about Texas games would be made by the university.
Meantime, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said this week that the conference would need to be open by mid-July to get the season underway on schedule.
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