Universities across the country are often dependent on college football to generate a significant portion of their revenue. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local health officials are urging Iowa State University to make a significant sacrifice this fall.
As states across the country experience spikes in positive COVID-19 cases, health officials are taking notice. In Iowa, where more than 25,000 people have contracted the coronavirus, medical experts have implored Iowa State to make changes.
The Story County Board of Health has asked Iowa State not to allow fans to attend any games, including football, this fall. As health officials described, according to to WeAreIowa.com, there is likely no way events with mass gatherings can be held and stay remotely safe for the general public.
The advisory came as part of a list of recommendations for the entire county. As part of the proposed protocols, Iowa State would also need all of its coaches, support staff and players to wear masks whenever they are around other people.
In addition, the Story County Board of Health strongly recommended that Iowa State use daily screenings and temperature checks to check athletes and staff for any symptoms.
Playing games without fans in attendance might be the only way football can be held this fall. Unfortunately, as officials in Tuscaloosa recently revealed, an entire season without fans attending games could wreak economic devastation for countless cities.