Twitter Slams Georgia For Lack of Social Distancing at Football Home Opener

by Josh Lanier

People are dragging the Georgia Bulldogs on social media after cameras during Saturday’s game against Auburn showed fans weren’t social distancing and few were wearing masks. ESPN’s cameras appeared to show most fans were not seated 6 feet apart or wearing face coverings, despite Southeastern Conference rules.

The SEC issued COVID-19 protocols earlier this year that all teams are supposed to follow, CBS Sports reported.

“Face coverings (over the nose and mouth) shall be required as a condition of all guest ingress, egress, and movement throughout the stadium, as well as any time guests are unable to maintain the recommended physical distance from others who are not in their same household.”

The Spun said it was limited-capacity seating, but reported more than 20,500 people were in attendance Saturday for the Bulldog’s home opener.

Social media was quick to react as the college football broadcast began and images of the crowd went live.

Though some fans were annoyed by the critics.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advocates people wear masks in public, is located about 65 miles from Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga.

Not the first time Georgia hit for not social distancing

Earlier this summer, the Bulldogs posted a photo of their team sitting in the stadium stands. The point of the photo, it seems, was to show unity. But that’s not what people took away from the picture.

“Socially distanced we sit, but united we move forward. #ATD#GoDawgs,” the team captioned the photo.

What the team seemed to miss, however, was that only a few of the players were social distancing in the photo. Most were seated up against other players. Moreover, many players weren’t wearing masks either. For that reason, commenters took the Bulldogs to task for not enforcing better coronavirus safety protocols. The school had an outbreak of COVID-19 in early September.