Require a Covid-19 test result to participate in basketball games – The Daily Texan
The Frank Erwin Center recently obtained authorisation to start having in-person audiences again, which has thrilled Texas basketball fans. After having to close its doors to students and other basketball enthusiasts due to the pandemic, the Frank Erwin Center has developed new policies to ensure proper health and safety measures.
Despite the establishment of guidelines for minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Frank Erwin Center should require a negative COVID-19 test result as an additional precaution. This would allow UT students and fans to feel more comfortable about their well-being while enjoying the game.
Some of the Frank Erwin Center guidelines include social distancing markers, hand sanitizing stations, and contactless payment. These guidelines are helpful as precautionary tactics, but they are not enough to put student health first.
The additional requirement of a COVID-19 result is a necessity, because Following social distancing markers are optional. The current instructions put in place before entering the stadium are not enough.
Carolina Gamez, a senior speech pathologist, said a negative COVID-19 test result would make more people feel comfortable while at the game.
“I haven’t really been to sporting events because of COVID. Like, I haven’t put myself in situations where I’m surrounded by a lot of people. Only because I’m in school, so that’s the only time I have to be exposed to a ton of people,” Gamez said.
In 2020, UT authorized the implementation of a negative COVID-19 test requirement for football games. Big ticket holders were obligatory to provide a negative test result before entering the stadium, so it is entirely possible to require a negative test result to enter the Frank Erwin Center.
“If there were more precautions…taken, and if masks were maybe mandatory while watching the game or if there were tests before watching the game, I would certainly feel safer and I would have probably seen more games now,” Gamez said.
Although UT is not legally permit to mandate masks, requiring a COVID-19 test result for entry is permitted. Given the pandemic, require a COVID-19 result before incoming large capacity venues have become a new norm in Austin. Many live event venues like the Paramount Theater and ACL Live already require a negative COVID-19 test result to attend events as an added safety measure for their fans, staff and artists. How come the concert halls that hold smaller number of people than the Frank Erwin Center require a negative COVID-19 test before entering the venue, but the stadiums themselves won’t?
John Bianco, senior associate assistant manager for communications for Texas Athletics, declined to comment, but mentioned in an emailed statement that the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test result was not something. they needed for the fans at the moment.
The Frank Erwin Center must adopt similar procedures to the rest of the city in an attempt to regain regularity. Without a negative COVID-19 test result at the gate, students and other basketball fans are at higher risk of exposure simply because they want to have a good time.
Ramos is a freshman journalism student from Laredo, Texas.